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Evans' second-half disappointment

1 January 2014

Gaffer gutted at game-changing decision...

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans was left bitterly disappointed after seeing his Millers side succumb to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Coventry City.

The Millers lead through Joe Skarz’s first goal in a Millers shirt, but a second-half fightback and a controversial penalty meant that all three points went back with the Sky Blues. 

With the home side in front, Coventry started the second period well before Craig Morgan felled Callum Wilson on the edge of the box resulting in a free-kick, only for the linesman to overrule the decision stating it was inside the area. Michael O’Connor missed a penalty in the dying stages only for Carl Baker to seal the win with a goal in his own half when Adam Collin was committed forward.  

“It’s a poor decision that changes the game,” Evans said after the game. “We didn’t come out and go forward with any purpose in the second half, I’m not going to hide behind that we didn’t do in the second-half what we did in the first. We thought we’d got the game sewn up at half-time but we didn’t commit forward, we didn’t start and with the game in the balance the referee gets involved. 

With everything we did in the first-half we just didn’t repeat it in the second. We’d cut them open time after time but we didn’t take our chances and big decisions change games. That (penalty decision) was a big decision; it’s a red card he had to go, but it is not a penalty. 

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