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Evans rues sluggish start

24 August 2013

Gaffer unhappy with early display...

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans was left disappointed with his side’s first-half performance after seeing them twice come from behind to draw with Shrewsbury Town.

Alex Revell equalised the first time, and substitute Daniel Nardiello scored upon his return to equalise a second time before receiving a red card for dissent after the final whistle. 

“It wasn’t us,” Evans said describing the first 45 minutes. “We went long stupidly, we didn’t pass it and our midfield didn’t want to get on the ball. If you’re not playing well, it’s brave to get on the ball. Jumping into tackles, dissent, that sort of thing is the opposite, it’s cowardly, but in the second half we were different and rightfully came back into the game. I’m not kidding myself, we didn’t play well but we kept going and the fans played their part.”

Nardiello was introduced midway through the second half and after netting the Millers’ second, he was dismissed following the final whistle, a decision that disappointed Evans. 

“He got a second yellow for complaining about his first yellow. I’m not going to criticise him because that will be dealt with in house, as he knows it’s unacceptable. 

We can’t just give him 70 minutes because he’ll end up injured again, so we put him on when we had planned. We’ve no reserve game this week because of the cup tie so he’ll be sitting next to me for another week. 

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