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It should have been all three points, says Evans

8 November 2014

Gaffer has to settle despite good Millers display...

Rotherham United Manager Steve Evans left Hillsborough on Saturday evening wondering what might have been as the Millers claimed a point in the South Yorkshire derby.

In a competitive contest, both teams had chances, but Evans felt the Millers did more than enough to take all three points, not just the solitary one they had to settle for. 

Speaking after the game, Evans remarked: “I think my view of the game is the same as everyone else in the ground, we’ve taken a point but should have had all three. We’ve had the best chance in the game, we’ve got some great opportunities and at the end of the first half it was total dominance. But, we’ve come to a very proud football club with a fantastic home support who roared them on in the last few minutes. These derbies are fantastic and it’s like Christmas day waking up and the great fans who made the trip will go away like me thinking it should have been all three.”

The Gaffer was critical of his players following the defeat at Reading on Tuesday evening but was much more complimentary of his players who he claims worked hard and reacted well.

“It was us today,” Evans added. “We had high energy, we moved the ball quickly, we competed for every challenge and individually the players get told there’s a standard here and they have to meet it or they go. I lead by example with working hard it’s not just a threat and we’ve worked hard as a group today."

The chance of the game fell to midfielder Paul Green who met a Ben Pringle set play from wide but the former Owls trainee couldn’t find the target with his close-range header.

“We found a little chink in their defensive set plays and we worked on that. Paul Green put two of them away in training yesterday and Lee Frecklington another so when we saw him arrive unmarked we expected it to hit the back of the net, but these things happen. I've just left Greeny in the dressing room, and he was really disappointed he doesn’t hit the target."

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