The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John Brind­ley To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

ALEX Rev­ell’s su­perb last­gasp win­ner blew Ley­ton Ori­ent’s pro­mo­tion surge off course – to the relief of Rother­ham man­ager Steve Evans who thought his side had squan­dered their lead.

The hard-work­ing striker lifted the Millers’ New York Sta­dium blues with a mea­sured 20-yard shot 60 sec­onds from the fin­ish af­ter Moses Odubajo had can­celled out an early header from Wes Thomas.

Sur­pris­ingly it was only Rother­ham’s fifth league win on home turf this sea­son but one that leaves them well placed for a play-off fin­ish mean­while Ori­ent failed to get at least a point away for just the sec­ond time this term.

And Evans said: “We’ve beaten an ex­cel­lent side. I wanted to win this for our sup­port­ers. They stayed with us through­out.

“We don’t fin­ish teams off and that gave Ley­ton Ori­ent a chance at only 10 down.

“I know their team well and I told the lads they’d have a go at us. They scored on the break al­though our de­fend­ing wasn’t good but there was only one team go­ing to win it. We were throw­ing balls into their box and look­ing for a win.”

A swirling wind made life very dif­fi­cult for two good foot­balling sides with Evans rightly giv­ing the of­fi­cials credit for the al­lowances they made.

Thomas gave Rother­ham a fly­ing start as early as the ninth minute when he nod­ded Ben Pringle’s rightwing cross cleanly be­yond Ben Alnwick.

Ori­ent, how­ever, be­gan to dom­i­nate pos­ses­sion as the half pro­gressed with the lively Dean Cox twice close to an equaliser. Adam Collin par­ried one driven ef­fort while a sec­ond shot flashed wide from the edge of the box.

In re­ply, the in­ven­tive Rev­ell tested Alnwick with an au­da­cious chip from 35 yards and Pringle’s set-pieces of­fered a threat of a sec­ond goal.

Chances were at a pre­mium for most of the sec­ond pe­riod with Rother­ham largely do­ing just enough to keep the visi­tors at bay.

Rev­ell’s ex­cel­lent flicked header pro­vided the game’s best chance for sub­sti­tute Tom Hitch­cock who was de­nied by Alnwick’s fine save with his legs.

Then Chris Dag­nall’s fine run and cross al­lowed Odubajo time to con­sider his op­tions be­fore driv­ing pre­cisely past Collin af­ter 76 min­utes be­fore Rev­ell’s dra­matic win­ner raised the roof.

Man­ager Rus­sell Slade said:“It was cruel on us but we need to man­age games like that when they are go­ing into their fi­nal stages bet­ter if we want to get our­selves pro­moted.

“We did enough to get our­selves a point.

“But we’ve been caught by a killer blow right at the fin­ish. “We’ve now got to put this be­hind us and get our­selves back on track as quickly as we possi

bly can.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

REV­EL­LING IT: Alex Rev­ell wheels away af­ter seal­ing a 2-1 win for Rother­ham

UP FOR IT: Wes Thomas heads Rother­ham in front



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