BEST FEELING IN FOOTBALL
STEVE Evans claims sealing Rotherham’s return to League One is his best achievement in football following their victory over Aldershot – which also condemned the visitors to Non-League.
A second-half strike from Millers skipper Johnny Mullins and an injurytime effort from Lee Frecklington sealed second place and a return to the third tier after a six-year wait.
And following their fifth successive league win, which was followed by a pitch invasion from delighted Rotherham fans, Millers boss Evans applauded the effort of the whole club, including chairman Tony Stewart who has ploughed in over £30m to keep the club afloat.
“I’ve had a few promotions, but this is the most special by a country distance,” he said.
“Not just because of the league we’ve got into, but because this is a fantastic football club with an incredible fan base.
“When you live in the town – like I do – you can see what it means to people on a Sunday when you win. It really is life or death for them.
“Our belief never wavered and I never doubted the group. My overriding emotion is relief – I think I’m an SOS man to get promotion.
“It’s about collectively enjoying what we’ve achieved as it’s taken an unbelievable effort from everyone inside the club and the town.
“We achieved everything we expected. It’s a fantastic achievement from everyone, from the chairman down to the supporters.
“A lot of people doubted this squad and doubted us at various times but we kept the positives in the camp and kept believing. “People paint different pictures of the league, but it doesn’t lie over 46 games.”
Alex Revell went one-on-one on ten minutes but slid wide under pressure from an onrushing Jamie Young.
The Shots nearly took a half-time lead after Michael Rankine poked Danny Rose’s cross from the left wide.
However Rotherham broke the deadlock after Young dropped Michael O’Connor’s 64th-minute free-kick and Millers captain Mullins tapped home amid a goalmouth scramble.
Aldershot were denied a late equaliser through Kari Arnason, who deflected Craig Reid’s header onto the crossbar.
But the Millers sealed promotion deep into stoppage time through Frecklington who coolly slotted past Young.
And after dropping out of the Football League, Aldershot manager Andy Scott feels some big decisions need to be made so they can bounce back.
“This hasn’t happened overnight – this is a long-term thing that’s been eating away and we haven’t turned it around,” said Scott, who was sacked as Rotherham boss in March 2012.
“Coming to the club so late in the day, we’ve all played some part of it and the players have got to take some responsibility now.
“Some big decisions now need to be made with the playing staff and in the boardroom as well, in terms of how we move forward.
“It’s a dream that may have ended now, but we can have that dream again.”
LEAGUE ONE HERE WE COME: Lee Frecklington scores the second goal for Rotherham