Rotherham: Steve Evans backs side to beat Aston Villa

Steve Evans

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans thinks his side are capable of shocking Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup.

The League One Millers, who beat local rivals Sheffield Wednesday in the first round, go to Villa Park on Wednesday.

Evans led his previous club Crawley to FA Cup wins over Derby and Hull, as well as narrow defeats by Manchester United and Stoke City.

"I believe that my team can win there if we have top night and they're off form," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"We need their young players to perhaps not respond to the fact that it's Rotherham and not Liverpool and maybe not be used to having players in their face, because we will be.

"Some people thought I was mad when I said that Crawley Town, who were then non-league, had a chance of beating Man United at Old Trafford and we nearly did.

"This Rotherham side is better than that Crawley team and I believe we can win there. This is a night that could go down in history for this club."

The Millers boss, whose side are unbeaten in their last 10 competitive fixtures, believes Villa will select a near full-strength team.

The Premier League side do not play again until Saturday, 14 September because of Chelsea's involvement in the Super Cup and the international break.

"Knowing Paul Lambert I think they'll be very strong," he said.

"They've had a good start to the season with winning at Arsenal and then they probably should have taken something from Chelsea and Liverpool, but if they lose to Rotherham all of a sudden it isn't such a good start."