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Stunning performance, says Evans

25 April 2015

Steve Evans post Norwich City...

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans described his side’s performance as stunning after they came from a goal behind to record a vital point against Norwich City.


The hosts were handed an early boost when former Millers striker Lewis Grabban was dismissed for violent conduct but the Canaries took the lead despite their numerical deficit.


Substitute Gary Hooper’s emphatic finish after half time saw Alex Neil’s side take the lead against the run of play before Jordan Bowery restored parity at AESSEAL New York Stadium late on to earn the Millers a draw.


The Millers boss was delighted with the character that his side showed to come from behind against promotion hopefuls Norwich City:


“I think it was a stunning performance,” beamed Evans.


“I think we gave it a rally at the end and we go away disappointed that we haven’t won the game and we’ll come back again to try and keep ourselves up.”


Premier League hopefuls Norwich started the game with an attacking purpose but couldn’t find a way through a resilient Millers side who underwent a tactical change to compensate for the Canaries threat going forward:


“I think Norwich came here and started totally on the front foot and it forced us into a little system change because if we’d have left it as it was it would have been a comfortable afternoon for them.


“As soon as we changed the system, the game changed and us and our supporters must go away very frustrated because I counted five simple chances but that happens in football.”


Evans’ men were unmoved by conceding the goal and continued to dominate proceedings with the Millers’ boss reiterating to his side that they couldn’t give up:


“My message to the players was never stop, keep going and going because we knew what was happening at The Den and we knew what was happening at Wigan.


“I think on and off the pitch we gave it everything we had today and credit to every one of my players for that."

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