Evans fires warning to those ignoring Millers

Steve Evans believes Rotherham United’s rivals for promotion from League Two will write the Millers off at their peril.

Rotherham have slipped off the automatic pace in recent weeks with just two wins in eight entrenching them in the play-off pack in the fourth tier.

Indeed, coming out of the Easter weekend and into the final sprint to the finish line, Rotherham are as close to the top three as they are to losing their footing in the play-off places altogether.

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But the four points by which they trail third-placed Northampton can still be made up, particularly with a game in hand on the Cobblers to help them in their pursuit.

Yet there is no denying that Rotherham need to improve their current form as they stutter to the end of the season, particularly at home, where they have lost eight of their 20 games.

Promotion-rivals Exeter and Fleetwood are due at the New York Stadium in the next seven days, two fixtures in which the Millers can take a large stride towards at the very least cementing their place in the play-offs.

Before then is the visit to mid-table Morecambe and the chance to put an indifferent run behind them.

For Evans, who celebrates a year in charge of the Millers next week, talk of Rotherham’s demise is very premature.

“We have got a game in hand, two on some others, and no-one gives us any recognition but we are happy with that,” he said.

“Nobody has given us a mention outside of South Yorkshire for months.

“We just have to focus on one game at a time. I would have taken these six games when we started in July to have the chance of automatic promotion.

“All the teams in the top seven have got to play each other and I expect it to go to the last day.

“We have got a difficult run-in, the teams at the bottom fighting for their lives are just as difficult an opposition as any other.

“Every game is must-win at this stage. It’s a pressure situation.”

Until recently the Millers had lost just once on their travels since November, but they head to the coast having lost their last two away games, both at promotion contenders, and both without scoring.