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Evans rules out top two bid

Rotherham manager Steve Evans does not believe his side will be able to gatecrash the top two in League One.

The Millers are having a season to remember following promotion last year and consolidated their position in the play-off places by beating Leyton Orient on Saturday thanks to Alex Revell's injury-time winner.

That result leaves them fifth in the table, 10 points off Wolves in second place with 17 games to go.

It looks as if the two automatic promotion positions will be fought out by Brentford, Orient and Kenny Jackett's side and Evans is only concentrating on booking a top-six berth.

"The top three are getting extraordinary results," Evans said. "Leyton Orient were top a few weeks ago and Russell Slade must have been shaking his head because they were only a point clear after being on an incredible run.

"Normally if you go on a run like they have been or Brentford are on now you've got automatic promotion sorted and the flip-flops on in February but none of the top three have.

"It is between Brentford, Wolves and Leyton Orient for the top two and we are going to have to do battle to with five teams to get in the play-offs.

"If we can keep where we are it's extraordinary progress."

Despite their lofty perch, Evans was happy to tick off his first objective of the season as he reckons the victory over Orient should mean the Millers are safe from relegation.

"The win takes us to 51 points and that was one of the objectives I wrote in my diary," Evans added.

"I knew if we got to 50 points we would probably be seeing League One next year as a minimum."