ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans was full of praise for Swindon Town and their fans ahead of the two sides’ meeting in League One tomorrow.
Evans, who is not much liked amongst some Town supporters following a war of words with Paolo Di Canio when the Scot was in charge of Crawley Town, gave special mention to Robins boss Mark Cooper and chairman Lee Power during his pre-match press conference yesterday.
He said: “They are a good side, they are the one team who could have affected the play-offs. They are the only one who could have caught Peterborough and at one stage it looked like they were clawing it back. They have got a good manager, I know the chairman even better, he played for me and he has put millions of pounds into the club.
“They have a terrific fanbase and it’s their last fame of the season and they will want to send their fans away with a win. Therefore it will be tough for us. But we are there to win a football match and they are representing Rotherham and we have to make sure we represent the fans well.”
With Rotherham preparing for a play-off campaign, Evans admitted that he may have to tinker his line-up at the County Ground, but not so far as to risk sacrificing the chance of taking all three points.
He said: “I have to consider looking after certain players, but I want to win every game and when it kicks off at Swindon will I want to win, of course I will. We will fight for everything but ultimately it will have no bearing whatsoever on a week on Saturday other than it might affect who we will play in the play-offs.
“We have seven or eight players who, subject to injury or illness, will be in the team on Saturday week but there are three or four places that are up for grabs. It is not just about the match at Swindon, it is also about training.
“I think we have got players on the peripheral who could step up and really make a mark but they haven’t got much time left to do it.
“I think it’s important to where we finish. Would I like to go and get three points and finish third or fourth? Of course, that’s the only thing that is important about Saturday.
“Performances matter of course, but for me it is about getting Saturday out of the way.”