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Win was deserved - Evans

14 December 2013

Steve Evans post Bristol City...

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans was delighted with the character shown by his side, as they recorded a 2-1 success at Ashton Gate to make it three away wins in succession in League One.

Nouha Dicko opened the scoring two minutes in for the visitors, his fourth in Millers colours before Ben Pringle doubled the lead. Bobby Reid netted late in the game for the home side, but Evans’ men held out to provide the perfect response to the two cup exits this week.

“I think it was a game of two-halves really,” Evans said after the game. “I think we should have been out of sight by half-time, and nobody in the ground would have been surprised if it had been four or five.  But you always know you’re going to have to defend with how Steve sets his teams up and we did that well. They scored a goal and then our goalkeeper had to pull off a great save, but I look at our strike a few minutes before and we should have probably made it 3-0. I’m just glad to be going back up the road with three points."

The Millers slipped to defeat in their previous two outings, narrowly missing out on progression to the third round of the FA Cup and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area-final, with Evans being unable to fill a bench in either fixture. However, with the focus back on the league, the Millers got back to winning-ways and cemented their position firmly in the play-off positions.

“We’ve showed a bit of character; we lost a couple of cup ties and we might have been under-strength and depleted in some of those games but we’ve got some players back now and we’ve produced a very good performance. I’ve been in this ground when Gary Johnson was the manager and his teams played some excellent football, but what these fans saw in the first half wasn’t too different because I thought some of our football was exceptional.”

You can hear a full interview with Steve on Millers Player.

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