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Evans gutted after defeat

26 January 2013

Gaffer rues individual errors...

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans was once again left ruing individual errors that saw his side slump to a 3-1 home defeat to Bristol Rovers. The Millers, who were 1-0 down midway through the first half due to a Lee Brown penalty, were reduced to 10 men just before the break. In the second period Ellis Harrison doubled the lead and Joe Anyinsah sealed the game for the Pirates. 

“We didn’t play at all did we,” said Millers boss Steve Evans. “At the end of the day we can’t make the individual errors we did and then expect to get a result. No team at any level can justify those mistakes as individuals and in this league as it has proved with Bristol Rovers, or any team a head start it’s very difficult. We don’t just give a goal to them, we give them three goals. They’re all total individual errors.”

The Millers enjoyed plenty of possession in the first-half, but were unable to break down John Ward’s resolute backline, frustrating the Millers boss despite signs of encouragement in the second period.

“I think the stats show they had four efforts on goal and scored three. They looked much better than us at times, but one thing we did do is that we got a performance out of them in the second half in terms of grit and effort. We get going again and then another individual error came in,” Evans added.

A slight positive from the game saw David Noble return to the side after three and a half months out of action and scored a stunning goal within minutes of coming on the pitch. 

“Well I think it signifies how we played today by saying David Noble has come on and played well. David Noble is a top player and we miss him when he’s not in the team and we’ve been fighting to get David back to fitness,” the Millers boss concluded.

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