Bully-boy Evans is villain at Crawley
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/