Good, the bad and the ugly for Evans
LEE Frecklington’s sublime injury-time goal saw Rotherham come back from the death to snatch a point against shellshocked Crewe.
The Millers scored twice in the last five minutes after Anthony Grant and Max Clayton had given Crewe a two-goal lead before Frecklington halved the deficit in a frantic opening spell.
Harry Davis edged the Alex further in front from the penalty spot but United’s never-say-die approach came to the fore as Ben Pringle and Frecklington both found the net late on.
Millers boss Steve Evans said: “I think it was a case of the good, the bad and the ugly.
“Our defending wasn’t good at times but we have come away from home and dominated for large spells.
“People will see we scored a lastminute equaliser but if we had left here with nothing it would have been a travesty.
“After the opening spell we got a foothold in the game and, despite giving away the penalty, we showed we have a lot of good characters in the camp.
“I drive them with passion and commitment every day and they responded just like they did last season.”
Grant gave Crewe a stunning start to the season when his 25-yard strike deflected into the far corner just three minutes in.
Rotherham should have equalised when Freck- lington steered wide after Pringle set him free but Clayton doubled Crewe’s lead on nine minutes by poking home Ajay LeitchSmith’s low cross.
Frecklington atoned for his earlier miss when he pulled one back a minute later and Alex Revell shaved the foot of the post from the edge of the Crewe penalty area.
Fans had to wait until the second-half to see the ball in the net again, Davis firing home from the penalty spot after Richard Brindley felled Crewe’s Ryan Colclough on 48 minutes.
But Rotherham refused to lie down and Pringle forced them back into the game when he curled the ball in four minutes from time before Frecklington’s volley levelled matters at the death. Crewe manager Steve Davis said:“I am obviously disappointed not to have won the game but it was entertaining if nothing else.
“I thought we were going to be OK but certain individuals panicked and we didn’t have enough players dealing with the situation we were faced with late on.
“Part of that arose from the front four switching off and that is where we stopped playing. In the first half we were outstanding but we don’t want to make a habit of conceding three goals at home .”