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Evans proud of Millers effort

28 August 2013

Steve Evans post Aston Villa..

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans praised his side’s application and said the difference between the sides was minimal for a time, until two defensive lapses helped Aston Villa to a 3-0 victory at Villa Park. 

After a positive start by the Millers, defensive errors let in Andy Weimann and then Christian Benteke before Fabian Delph sealed the win in the second half.

“I think for the first half hour you don’t realise who the Premier League side is,” said a proud Evans.

“If this is your first time watching English football and you watched this game as a neutral thinking it’s a Premier League game, you think Rotherham United is a decent side. We were the better team and made the better half chances, but you learn that the higher you go, if you make mistakes, you’re going to get punished. Arnason makes a couple of mistakes, but even with the mistake, the first goal is a special finish.”

Evans also praised his teams’ character for not buckling after going 3-0 down, when it seemed the home team looked ready to lay siege to the Millers goal.

“Second-half we were hoping to put together a scrap to make it a game and we went 3-0 down,” added Evans.

“You worry when you go three down at Villa, but our characters came together and we played with pride. They’ll be tired tonight, they’ll be tired tomorrow, and they’ll need freshening up now to be ready for the trip to Notts County on Saturday.”

Evans left the final word for the Millers fans who travelled in huge numbers to Villa Park.

“The fans were immense too, it is not often that Villa fans are out-sung at home, but for the majority of this evening they were.” 

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