Steve Evans has suggested Leeds United supporters could be the difference in the Yorkshire derby this week.
Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has piled the praise onto Leeds United ahead of the clash this Friday, suggesting it’s a privilege for his club to host the Championship giants.
Leeds head into the game still searching for their first win under Darko Milanic with Evans suggesting it’s the biggest league game he’s ever been involved in as a manager.
“Friday is a fantastic occasion for everyone at Rotherham United. I have never hidden my admiration for Leeds United at any time in my life and career,” Evans told the Yorkshire Post.
“In respect of a league game on a level footing where the prize for both is three points, this is as high as it has been so far.”
“Whether we can take that further remains to be seen. But we are extremely proud hosting a club like Leeds United after hosting Blackburn Rovers in our last home match.”
Evans has also praised the Leeds United support base, with Milanic’s team one of the most followed in the Championship.
Leeds take a high number of away fans to all games, which can help them create an intimidating atmosphere even when they’re not playing in front of their own supporters.
“The vocal support the Leeds fans give their team doesn’t need any introduction and we need to be able to match that off the pitch.”
“Leeds are full of very talented players and they have taken a new manager who has a very respected track record and that seems to be forgotten until you check his stats out.”
Evans is playing a smart game ahead of the match as he plays down his side’s chances, pushing all of the emphasis towards Leeds.
The Whites are already under immense pressure into the game and Evans’ comments suggest that he feels Rotherham are the underdogs and that could work to their advantage ahead of the game.
Three points for Leeds takes them onto 18 and closer to the play-offs whereas three points for Rotherham moves them onto 15 and into a safer mid-table position.