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Evans praise for unfortunate Millers

1 August 2012

Steve Evans gives his post match view on the defeat against Sheffield United.

Steve Evans was full of praise for his Rotherham United side despite a narrow defeat against local neighbours Sheffield United at New York Stadium.

The Millers were beaten by a fine John Cofie strike in the first half but the Millers boss will be heartened by his team's performance, running the League One side close in front of a full house at the Millers new home.

"I think it is a case of the better side lost," Evans told Millers Player.

"We played some super stuff, we should have been in front after a couple of minutes when Nards goes through and tries a dink when he should pass it into the net. After that they scored a good goal to be fair, which was an individual error from our point of view, but the lad has executed the shot extremely well."

Evans made changes to the side that was beaten by Hearts at the weekend with Kayode Odejayi, Lionel Ainsworth, Mark Bradley and Johnny Mullins all given starts. 

Overall Evans was pleased with the improvement from the weekend but stressed more work is required before the big kick off against Hull City, starting with a game with Stocksbridge tonight and then Mansfield on Saturday.

"Both sides passed the ball well, it was end-to-end for a time but I think on chances they've had two and we've had five and we have lost the game. I have said to the players that there is a lot of good stuff coming from us but there are still things we need to work on," he added.

The Millers play Stocksbridge tonight, kick off 7.45pm at the Look Local Stadium, and Mansfield at Field Mill on Saturday 3pm.

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