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Evans takes positives from thriller

25 February 2014

Gaffer sees another Millers late show...

Rotherham United Manager Steve Evans described his side’s 3-3 draw at Deepdale as being played like a ‘cup tie’ and hailed the side's character after seeing a 2-0 lead evaporate, only to score yet another late goal to rescue a point.

However, with the Millers two goals ahead, the Millers boss felt they could have been handed a chance from 12 yards to grab a third goal but a challenge on Wes Thomas was waved away by the referee.

“I’ve just been speaking to some people from Preston and it was played like a cup tie with some real intensity. We got ourselves in front with two good goals and we also felt we should have had a penalty on Wes Thomas.”

With the Millers 2-1 ahead at the break, North End came back with two goals in the second period to put them in front only for Lee Frecklington to get his second of the night and 11th of the season with two minutes of normal time remaining.

“We knew Preston would have a real good go in front of their supporters and put balls into the box and their bench thought it was done, but it’s never done against Rotherham United. When you’re 2-0 up you’re sure to be disappointed when you don’t take maximum points but we know this is a club with a proud tradition and they’ve given the manager everything they had.

“If you’re a neutral you’ve seen a great game and fantastic advert for League One, if you’re Simon Grayson you’re disappointed to concede a late goal and if you’re Steve Evans you’re disappointed when you’re 2-0 up and with a chance to maybe make it three,” Evans added. 

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