The former Crawley boss has recruited well this summer and now believes his new look Millers outfit need to prove themselves on the pitch, just like hid old side did.
He told the Advertiser: “If you look at our squad, there is more quality in there than I had at Crawley but we will find out over the course of the season if they have the drive and determination that that group of players did. They were knocked by everyone in the country but never gave up.
“I can see a steel about the current squad and there are some real winners in the camp, people like Scott Shearer, Johnny Mullins, Kari Arnason, Ian Sharps and David Noble. How did Chelsea win the Champions League? It was down to a desire to win, not just ability. To be successful, commitment, ability, passion and luck all go into the mix."
Ahead of tomorrows cup clash at the KC, Evans adds: "Looking at the quality of players Steve Bruce has brought in, you can understand why their board of directors see themselves challenging to get back to the Premier League. The draw is as tough as it gets for us but we'll be taking good support and we want to go and do ourselves justice.”
Evans has a full squad to pick from apart from defenders Nicky Hunt (hamstring) and Dale Tonge (Achilles),
“If the players perform tomorrow, the team for Burton picks itself but a lot can can happen and there is always room for people to change my mind and I will always select players based upon form,” Evans added.