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Evans delighted with late equaliser

26 April 2014

Gaffer pleased with Revell leveler...

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans was left delighted after his side claimed an equaliser in the fifth minute of injury time to claim 2-2 at home with MK Dons. 

A last-gasp Alex Revell goal leveled it up for the Millers, who trailed 2-0 with 80 minutes on the clock after Michael O’Connor had started the fightback in front of over 9,000 at New York Stadium.

“It wasn’t very good for long spells was it?” Evans said after the game. “We never really got going from the first whistle. There was sloppy play all over the pitch and I can’t identify two or three individuals because it was all of them. We made one or two changes and then second half we came out on the front foot and had a go at them. It was a day where the performance wasn’t really good enough but I can’t fault my players for effort and character and if we’d equalised when we were missing chances at 1-0 then I think we’d have gone on and won comfortably.

“The only thing we’ve said to them at the end is we can’t always win games in the last 20 minutes. We need to get a bit serious now though. Our defending, passing, willingness to get the second ball wasn’t quite there today and we said to them that we might go two down but we need to be brave and I was delighted late on with the equaliser because we had a proper go.”

Evans made four changes to the side today, including a change of shape and the Millers boss insists that it will be “no-risk” going into the final regular game of the season next time out. 

“We’ll have a look at everybody in the week and it will be no-risk at Swindon next week. We won’t take a risk on anyone but we’ll go down there to win a game of football; I have too much respect for the Swindon Town owner, and I know they’ll want to finish with a win in front of their support, but we’ve got people who will be paying hard-earned money so we’ll be looking to win that game. We’ve dropped two places today, but third position isn’t over yet!”

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