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No excuses, says Evans

4 November 2014

Gaffer disappointed at defeat...

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans was disappointed with his side’s display as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at the Madejski Stadium.
A brace from Simon Cox and a Jamie Mackie goal gave the home side all three points, and Evans believed an uncharacteristic lack of fight cost them. 
“It was as poor as we’ve been. We lacked after the first 15 minutes. They get a goal from a bad individual error and then we didn’t do what we’re good at which is pressing around the pitch. They outworked us which is unlike my teams, but they outworked us and bullied us in key areas. It was uncharacteristic from some individuals and they know. They’re in there hurting, and I’m hurting as well but we have to go home and go again.”
The Millers started the game well, putting pressure on in the opening exchanges, but with Reading appearing to be on the back foot, they capitalised on a mistake in the defence and never looked back. However, with Sheffield Wednesday on the horizon, the Gaffer is confident of a reaction. 
“I think the crowd had already turned a little bit but I keep saying that nobody gives you goals at this level and we can’t give them either. We’ll learn from it and I can’t criticise one player because it was all over the pitch. I think our endeavour and fight was missing tonight and I spoke in what was a very quiet dressing room and I could tell from their reaction that they hurt. We’ll look at the next game after having tomorrow off and we’ll be ready for Saturday.”

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