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A professional performance, says Evans

9 November 2013

Gaffer delighted with convincing cup victory...

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans was delighted by the performance of his side in their 3-0 win over Bradford City at New York Stadium, as they overcame Phil Parkinson’s men to progress in the FA Cup.

A Kieran Agard brace compromising of goals either side of Alex Revell’s second-half strike ensured that Rotherham United’s name would go into the hat for the second round of the competition.

Despite a comfortable looking scoreline against Yorkshire rivals Bradford, the Millers’ boss insisted his side could have been out of sight before the break, with the opposition failing to really threaten Adam Collin’s goal:

“It was a thoroughly professional performance and it could have and perhaps should have been more.” 

“Its fine margins, our goalkeeper made a great save at 1-0, with probably their only effort on goal. You’re thinking by that time that we’ve missed two one-on-ones and it could’ve been four or five at half time. 

“However, it was 1-0 and we praised the boys and identified one or two things where we believed we could hurt them.”

Evans also reserved special praise for his team’s attacking display, singling out the contributions of goalscorers Revell and Agard:

“Alex is a super player. If he scored a lot of goals he’d be playing at the top of the Championship. I thought he was magnificent today and he absolutely destroyed their back two. He creates and holds up play and brings others into the game.

“I think the whole thing went through the front two today and him and Tubbs have developed a good little understanding and they both worked extremely hard and have got good energy, which you can see through the team.”

The Millers’ boss went on to praise Agard for his efforts since signing for the club last summer and declared he was pleased to have finally captured the signature of the former Everton youngster:

“I can remember going back a year, I said to Paul Raynor when I was going to sign him that he’d been at Yeovil and he wasn’t quite what we were looking for at the time. I had tried to sign him the year before that and just had a gut feel about him and its paid dividends because we wouldn’t have been promoted last year without Kieran’s contribution.”


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