Football - Evans targets Villa shock

Rotherham manager Steve Evans believes his side can deliver a Capital One Cup shock at Aston Villa.

PA Sport Report

The Millers, who are unbeaten in League One, visit Villa Park for a repeat of the first-ever League Cup final, having already dumped out higher-placed opposition in this season's competition.

Local rivals Sheffield Wednesday were on the receiving end in the first round and Evans, who has a superb track record of cup upsets stretching back to his time at Crawley, is on the hunt again.

"We will need every player to be at their best and we know we need Aston Villa to have an off night," he said.

"We will be in their faces all over the pitch and hopefully they won't be ready for that.

"Some people ordered a straight jacket for me when I said Crawley could beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and we nearly did.

"I think we have got an even better chance this time. We have better players, a better system, better everything. I believe it can happen. But we have to have a top, top night.

"If you have got belief and do your homework and then get the best out of your players and you never know what can happen.

"One of three things will happen. They will win and no one will blink, it will be a dull game that they edge through or there will be a sensational cup upset. I believe that it can be the third one."

Evans takes his side to face a Villa outfit who have won plaudits for their early-season form in the Premier League.

However, after losing to Liverpool on Saturday the Millers boss believes the pressure is firmly on their hosts and expects them to put out the big guns.

"I think Paul Lambert will put a strong team out because they have already played Chelsea so don't play at the weekend," he said.

"They have had a good start to the season, beating Arsenal on the opening day and then being a couple of refereeing decisions away from beating Chelsea.

"They were very unlucky against Liverpool but if they get beaten by Rotherham it won't have been such a good start after all. It then becomes a pressure cooker again for Paul.

"So it's a wonderful game for everyone connected with Rotherham United.

"If you are going to play against a Premier League club you want it to be one with history, tradition, the stadium, the fanbase and a gifted manager and Aston Villa is all of those.

"If I could lose a few stones I'd put myself on the teamsheet, because it's that big a game for us.

"It will be a great occasion but it will only be truly remembered if we deliver a performance to be proud of."

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