Good, the bad and the ugly for Evans

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Robert Do­man To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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 .”

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