Evans in ref rant as United fire blanks

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

STEVE Evans claims Rother­ham are not given their fair share of de­ci­sions af­ter ref­eree David Webb drew the ire of the Millers boss in their shutout against Brad­ford.

An au­to­matic pro­mo­tion place is now a re­mote hope for Rother­ham – eight points be­hind Brent­ford with four games to play be­fore Satur­day – as de­fender Kari Ar­na­son nod­ded over a glo­ri­ous chance at the death.

How­ever, Evans in­sists a push on Alex Rev­ell and an in­jury-time shout for a handball by Ban­tams skip­per Gary Jones should have handed them two op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­vert from the penalty spot.

“There were a cou­ple of big calls in that game for the ref­eree and it was Rother­ham United – we don’t get them, I’m sorry,” he said.

“There’s a dou­ble hand­ful on the back of Alex Rev­ell from a free­kick, and I’ve watched it so I’m com­ing in with the ben­e­fit of knowl­edge.

“And if Gary Jones has not hand­balled it in the box in the 90th minute, we might as well just give this game of foot­ball up and go on our hol­i­days early. It was a shock­ing de­ci­sion again.”

The Millers had en­tered the match on a six-game win­ning streak but Brad­ford were first to test the wa­ters early on, with Jon Stead hook­ing over a vol­ley in­side the area.

The home side then be­gan to find their feet, Ben Pringle forc­ing Jon McLaugh­lin into ac­tion be­fore Michael O’Con­nor’s free-kick de­ceived ev­ery­one to bounce off the post.

In the sec­ond half Adam Reach robbed Millers right-back James Tav­ernier but found the legs of Adam Collin with Stead un­marked in the box.

Rother­ham had the best chances to clinch vic­tory, sub­sti­tute Haris Vuc­kic chip­ping over for the hosts while an un­marked Ar­na­son crashed his header over the wood­work from six yards.

But Ban­tams boss Phil Parkin­son be­lieves his team could have well won it them­selves af­ter reach­ing the magic marker of 50 league points.

“That takes us to the 50point marker,” he said.“We have come here be­fore and put in non-ap­pear­ances, so it was im­por­tant for us that we put in a pro­fes­sional per­for­mance and we did.

“Rother­ham are a good side, but the lads were su­perb in the way they stuck to their game plan from the first minute to the last, and we cre­ated some good chances on the break in the sec­ond half.

“Our back four was strong, our mid­field was very dis­ci­plined and Jon Stead up front did a dif­fi­cult job and led the line very well and as the game went on he got bet­ter.”

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