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Evans - "What a cup tie!"

3 November 2012

Millers boss praises his players...

Steve Evans was left delighted with the Millers FA Cup first round victory, that confirmed their position in the second round. A brace from Lee Frecklington followed Mark Bradley’s opener to put the Millers three to the good, but despite two goals by the visitors, Evans’ men held on for victory.

“What a cup tie,” said Evans. “I thought our performance was outstanding, and if anyone thinks that’s a one goal difference between the teams, they’re on a different planet. This was as comprehensive a cup win as you can see. When it goes 3-2 of course they’re going to throw men forward and throw balls into the box, but I think we defended them very very well.

“We’ve dominated the first half, we’ve got the goal and should have been three or four up. They’ve had the chance where Andy blocks it but I think a comfortable scoreline would have been 4-1.

“I think if we have a bit more care in the final third we could have won it 5-2. We’d settle for 10-9 or 1-0, we said it was going to be a roller coaster, we said there would be thrills and spills, and we saw that today.”

The game saw a debut for winger Jamie Devitt, whose capture was confirmed at the end of the week on a month-long emergency loan deal from Hull City, and he’s a player that Evans reserved some special praise for.

“He was excellent. I think he’s another one who met the lads for two training sessions on Thursday. I think he was running out of gas towards the end though, much like Ben Pringle.”

For the full interview on Millers Player, click here.

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