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It's even at half-time, says Evans

14 May 2014

Millers boss comments on 'perfectly poised' tie...

Rotherham United Manager Steve Evans says that the play-off semi-final tie against Preston is perfectly poised going into the second leg with the aggregate scoreline level following their encounter at Deepdale last week. 

Alex Revell’s solo effort was worthy of the occasion only for North End’s leading goalscorer Joe Garner to steal the show with a spectacular goal and had the Millers been able to execute one of their excellent chances in the second period it could have been advantage Rotherham coming into the second leg, but as things stand, Evans believes it’s all square. 

“It’s half-time in a cup tie if you can call it that,” Evans told Millers Player. “We’ve brought them back here level and as we saw with Peterborough losing narrowly at Leyton Orient last night in a game that could have gone either way, it’s a game of nerves, a game of steel and a game of application. We now have an opportunity with nearly 12,000 Millers behind us at New York Stadium screaming for every ball, every decision, everything!”

The squad was hit with injury before and during the tie at Deepdale at the weekend, but the Millers boss has been quick to praise his squad whose character can give them a head start going into the crucial second leg. 

“They’re a fantastic group that we’ve got here and whether it leads us to the Championship, Wembley or even stays in League One they’ve been excellent. At various times throughout the season we’ve had injury crisis, we’ve had international call-ups and various other things but every day they come in with happy spirits which we encourage and they just look forward to training and playing which immediately puts us in with a great chance.”

The full interviews with Steve Evans can be found on Millers Player.

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