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Evans pleased with second half showing

3 April 2015

Steve Evans post Birmingham City...

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans felt that his side deserved something from the game after a narrow 2-1 defeat at Birmingham City.

The Millers trailed 2-0 at the break after goals from Robert Tesche and Clayton Donaldson but they dominated the second 45 with Matt Derbyshire reducing the deficit.

The visitors returned rejuvenated after the interval and dominated for large spells but were unable to capitalise in front of goal with Millers’ boss Evans pleased with his side’s performance after the restart:

“We’ve given them a hiding in the second half but we go away with nothing,” he admitted.

“We showed the character that we asked them to respond with and we laid siege to their goal for a period of time. We perhaps needed a little more calmness and patience in that final third, Jack Hunt in particular got himself in three or four good positions but we just didn’t get that little bit of luck.”

For the all the second half endeavour the hosts hung on with the Millers leaving the Midlands empty handed.

The Millers’ chances suffered an early setback when Tesche opened the scoring in the Midlands with Donaldson inflicting further pain soon after which left Evans attributing the goals to a lapse in concentration:

“There are a lot of errors in the goals. Its individual errors and we’ve spoken about it before, but we’ve got those individuals so we’ve got to fight through it with them.

 “We didn’t have players playing to the system, you could say we should be 0-0 at half time but our two central midfield runners don’t match them for the first goal.

“At this level you get punished and I think in League One we would have turned that around and won 4-1, I don’t think anyone can dispute that.”

The Millers boss took time out to praise the job done by Blues manager Gary Rowett since his arrival at St. Andrew’s:

“They’ve got some very talented players here, at the start of the season they were poor but Gary’s really turned them around."

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