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Boss praise despite defeat

10 December 2013

Steve Evans post Fleetwood...

Millers boss Steve Evans was left disappointed at his side’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit at the hands of Fleetwood Town, but reserved praise for the performance despite the result.

Evans was left with mixed feelings in the aftermath of the 2-1 defeat as he spoke to the press:

“Obviously we’ve gone out so it’s extremely disappointing but I was more down on Saturday because the performance was poor. I thought the performance tonight, especially in the second half was emphatic and we were a country mile in front of Fleetwood but we can’t allow for two goalkeeping errors and we can’t allow for missing those chances at the other end.”

After starting the game brightly the Millers fell behind against the run of play to Jeff Hughes’ effort which trickled underneath Adam Collin dealing Evans’ side a blow after 18 minutes:

“We should be in front in the first half and then Adam makes a huge error but we get ourselves back in the game with some good play and we’d missed a couple before that as well. 

“We then laid siege to their goal but they take the lead through what is a great strike, but my goalkeeper should save it. He’s had a bad night tonight but he’s helped us into the top six so I can be critical of him tonight, but not as a goalkeeper.

“I thought if we’d have equalised we’d have won the game and we’ve shown the gulf in class, but people only look at the results especially in cup ties.”

The Millers boss used superlatives to describe his side’s performance but insisted he would have been happy with a repeat of the previous round of the competition:

“How can you use the word ‘sensational’ to describe a football match when you’ve lost? You’d think you’d get locked up for it. But we have been sensational tonight and we’ve torn them apart. Unfortunately, in a cup tie as players and as set of supporters you’d rather scrape a win like we did at Hartlepool, but we’ve had the reverse of that tonight.” 

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