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Late winner deserved, says Evans

1 February 2014

Steve Evans delighted at injury-time strike...

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans praised both teams after seeing his side claim victory in dramatic fashion against Leyton Orient at New York Stadium this afternoon.

 

The Millers were pegged back when Moses Odubajo cancelled out Wes Thomas’ opener, but a stunning late goal by Alex Revell was enough to seal the points for the home side.

 

“I thought it was a good performance from two good teams,” Steve Evans said after the game. “The match became really end-to-end, they’ve had a penalty appeal, we’ve had a penalty appeal, they’ve had one off the line, we’ve had one off the line, and in games like that it’s always going to take something special to win it.

 

“I thought in the first-half we were possibly unlucky not to be 3-0 up, but I told our players to be prepared for the second half because they have pride and they wouldn’t lie-down. They got a goal on the break we probably should have done better with but we didn’t give in, we were the team pressing to win it and you only needed to see the reaction of the fans when it went in to see what it meant.”

 

Revell was the hero of the hour on Tuesday evening when his brace proved decisive at Prenton Park, and today was no different, with the gaffer praising the hard work on the training ground and the contribution from loanee Richard Smallwood.

 

“Richie Smallwood did remarkably well in the lead up to the game which you’ll see tonight on the television but Revs has done well. We were delighted for him in midweek and were even more delighted when it turned out to be the winner today. The big fella has been working extremely hard, as they all have, but we’ll go back on the training ground on Monday and work again.”


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