Millers will need to be at best to beat Preston, admits Evans

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STEVE EVANS is adamant all the League One play-off pressure is on semi-final opponents Preston North End not himself and Rotherham United.

The first leg of the Millers’ play-off against the Lilywhites takes place at Deepdale tomorrow
 tea-time and Evans insists that Simon Grayson’s side are the big favourites.

Steve Evans.

Steve Evans.

While he believes that getting out of League Two last season represented a far more pressurised situation for himself and Rotherham, equally he is confident that his players’ big-game mentality shown through 2014 will serve them well tomorrow.

He said: “It’s a huge task to beat Preston, we won’t kid ourselves.

“Simon will be thinking his team need to play well to beat us over two games.

“(But) I think we need to be at our best over the two matches to beat them.

“But we have handled the big games and when they have come, the players have been on the front foot.

“You look at the Sheffield Wednesday cup tie and the Sheffield United game here and us going up to Bradford.

“These were big games and the players performed with credit.

“You also look at the Brentford game and the Leyton Orient game here.

“It’s those type of performances, home and away, which is what it will take to get through.”

On the notion of pressure, he added: “Personally, the pressure was greater last year. I walked out on Crawley to come to a club going home to a new stadium which the chairman built, which is fantastic. Then he pays a lot of money to bring myself and Paul (Raynor) in.

“It’s personal pressure which goes on yourself. But last year was more intense to get up.”