. Rotherham United boss Steve Evans took plenty of positives from his team’s performance as the Millers went down to a late Jeff Hendrick strike at Derby County.
With just eight minutes remaining and with the Millers looking comfortable Hendrick struck late on, but in stoppage time Rams stopper Lee Grant pulled off a brilliant save to deny to Paul Green whilst Kieran Agard’s follow up was cleared off the line.
“I think that Derby started tremendously well, and the fans were in full voice, it was probably the best atmosphere we have experienced,” said Evans after the game.
“When we came through that first 10 minutes unscathed I think that we all breathed a sigh of relief. As the game settled down a little we managed to get our foot on the ball, and I think from 10 minutes in through to half-time I don’t think either team is scoring because I don’t think there was a chance.
“At the start of the second half again they started well, but once again we got a foothold, we brought young Swifty on and changed formation a little and lets be honest Derby County score against the run of play. I thought there was a free-kick in the build-up to the goal, we don’t like the call but we respect the decision. Matt Derbyshire should score with a header, Kieran Agard should score with almost the last kick of the game, the ‘keeper might say he has made a great save but we cannot come here and afford to miss those type of chances. We go away disappointed because we are used to winning games.”
It looked as though the Millers were going to snatch a late leveller but for a wonderful stop by Grant, whilst Craig Forsyth then cleared Agard’s follow-up off the line.
“I think Paul Green should score, and I expected Kieran to score,” added Evans.
“He (Agard) was slipped a wonderful pass, he had to stretch to control it but once he did that they normally then flash into the net. In fairness we know goalkeepers at his level are going to be a little better and strikers are going to be more clinical as we step up the levels. In League One I think that goes in, but this goalkeeper has been particularly impressive with a couple of wonderful saves.”
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