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We should have won - Evans

31 January 2015

Steve Evans post Charlton Athletic...

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans believed his side deserved maximum points after the Millers came from behind to snatch a point in injury time against Charlton Athletic.

Danny Ward’s last gasp equaliser ensured the visitors returned to South Yorkshire with a share of the spoils, but the Millers boss felt like his side warranted the victory:

“I thought we were excellent and should have won the game," he said after the game.

“We took the game to Charlton for the majority of the game and we go away disappointed.

“We should go away from here with three points and we played with the same desire today that we did against Bolton.”

The Millers thought they’d taken the lead in the capital when Matt Derbyshire prodded home from close range following a Ben Pringle cross, but was greeted by the offside flag as he wheeled away to celebrate:

“It’s hard to see Matt Derbyshire’s goal rubbed off. We don’t know, we’re not in line and we’ve got to respect the assistant referee’s decision at the time."

The visitors were then hit on the break as Charlton scored the opener courtesy of Jordan Cousins, who benefitted from a frenzy in the Millers’ penalty area:

“It’s hard to take as well because I think everyone in the ground will admit it’s quite scrappy," continued Evans. "It’s two or three ricochets and I think when it falls for the third time the boy tucks it away.”

The Millers’ chief reserved special praise for goalscorer Ward who says he almost made the starting 11 for the trip to The Valley:

“There was a big thing hanging me overnight. I love to say players respond in training and Danny Ward has been our star performer in training this week. It’s easy to come out and say it now that he’s scored the goal but one or two members of staff want him to start.”

Evans went on to add that he was looking to integrate his other new additions into the Rotherham United setup ahead of 2015:

“It’s a new group, it’s a new team and you see how we can affect it from the bench. 

“We’ve got to get ready for Ipswich now who are top class side and I’m looking forward to that. We’ve got another week on the training ground with this group and we’ll get ready.”

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