Bully-boy Evans is vil­lain at Craw­ley

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By James Walker

ROTHER­HAM man­ager Steve Evans may have re­turned and bul­lied his for­mer em­ploy­ers but Richie Barker in­sists he won’t change Craw­ley’s tac­tics any­time soon.

David Wor­rall’s late strike made Craw­ley pay a hard price for their pos­i­tive style of play.

The 23-year-old striker, who was a trans­fer tar­get for the Reds dur­ing the sum­mer, scored with a low drive in the 77th minute to earn Rother­ham a first league win of the sea­son.

Rother­ham’s di­rect ap­proach forced sev­eral mis­takes from the hosts’ de­fence but Craw­ley man­ager Barker will not change his tac­tics.

The Red Devils boss said: “Some­times when we play it does fiz­zle out but if we’re go­ing to play in this way we have to ac­cept that some­times.

“As much as it is about win­ning it’s also about en­ter­tain­ing peo­ple and I want peo­ple to come here and be en­ter­tained by watch­ing peo­ple pass the ball.

“Our football was ex­cel­lent but we need to be care­ful that we don’t be­come a nice team to watch and a nice team to play against.

“It wasn’t un­til af­ter the game I re­alised Wor­rall scored but th­ese sort of things hap­pen, it was prob­a­bly writ­ten in the stars.”

Wor­rall’s win­ning strike came from a de­fen­sive er­ror by James Hurst, who failed to head Michael O’Con­nor’s de­liv­ery clear.

The 23-year-old striker, who came on as a sub­sti­tute five min­utes ear­lier, smashed the ball into the bot­tom left cor­ner.

Craw­ley’s Mat Sadler was the un­likely source for the game’s opener.

The 28-year-old left back fired a 15th minute free-kick across the face of goal and into the far cor­ner.

Kieran Agard headed home United’s equaliser on 35 min­utes af­ter Kari Ar­na­son’s flicked header from Ben Pringle’s cor­ner sent the ball back across the penalty area.

Agard should have dou­bled his tally five min­utes later but fired wide from five yards af­ter a near­post de­liv­ery from Pringle.

Alex Rev­ell added a third in the 90th minute but his tap-in was ruled off­side.

Rother­ham boss Evans said:“I fan­cied us to win. When Steve Evans comes to the Broad­field Sta­dium he nor­mally wins doesn’t he? I have a habit of it.

“If we scored in the first 20 min­utes it might have helped our goal dif­fer­ence but we went be­hind and from there on in we missed a cou­ple of chances.

“We’ve come away with our first three points, it’s a long trip home but the sooner the wins come the bet­ter. It was a solid per­for­mance.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/



E Rotherh


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