STEVE CAN REVELL IN LATE SHOW
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
REVELLING IT: Alex Revell wheels away after sealing a 2-1 win for Rotherham
UP FOR IT: Wes Thomas heads Rotherham in front
STAR MAN ALEX REVELL Rotherh