All quiet tonight!
Date published: 11 March 2014
LEE Johnson reckons there won’t be a repeat bout of the dug-out duel with Rotherham manager Steve Evans tonight.
Earlier this season Evans was sent an official warning letter by the FA after his antics during the thrilling last meeting between the clubs in September.
At that smart new venue, the coaching staff are stationed around the midpoint of each half.
An ugly ending to a game Rotherham won 3-2 saw Athletic’s goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms exchange angry words with Evans while his assistant Paul Raynor and Johnson also appeared to have a frank conversation.
Athletic’s manager will be within spitting distance of Evans amid Boundary Park’s closer confines tonight, but says he is not expecting arguments this time.
“I’m not; hopefully not, anyway,” Johnson told the Chronicle, when asked if he expected sparks to fly.
“Evans has done a good job, albeit with a lot of money. It is no fluke those clubs riding high have had a lot of cash to go with it.”
Free-scoring Rotherham, who have scored 26 goals in their last 10 gams, have already all but cemented their place in the top six of the league.
Athletic are struggling at the other end of the division and while Johnson stressed that the mood at the club can quickly change with a win, his task isn’t helped by the absence of banned Jonson Clarke-Harris tonight.
Stockport capture Rhys Turner could even be thrown in to make his full debut as the home side hunt for goals, even though Johnson urged some caution over the teenager.
“Rhys has done well,” he added. “He is young and we have to drip-feed him in, but he certainly has confidence in his own ability.”