Rev­ell is sweet but Evans is not happy

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

ROTHER­HAM boss Steve Evans is de­mand­ing bet­ter from his side in the play-offs af­ter they had to come back from 2-0 down to snatch a point against ten-man MK Dons.

Late goals from Michael O’Con­nor and Alex Rev­ell res­cued a point for the Millers to pre­vent a third loss in five games.

And Evans said:“It wasn’t very good for long spells. It was a dis­jointed per­for­mance and we never re­ally got go­ing from the first whis­tle.

“There was sloppy play all over the pitch and I can’t iden­tify two or three in­di­vid­u­als be­cause it was all of them to be fair.

“We made some changes and in the sec­ond half we had a bit of a go and we got back into it to get a point.

“The per­for­mance wasn’t good enough but I can’t fault my team for ef­fort and spirit and will­ing­ness to go to the end.”

The vis­i­tors took an easy lead af­ter nine min­utes with Matthew Kennedy side­foot­ing into the bot­tom cor­ner from Ryan Hall’s low cross.

There was a lengthy stop­page be­fore the break af­ter Dons right­back Ge­orge Bal­dock re­ceived ten min­utes’ worth of treat­ment for a head in­jury suf­fered in a col­li­sion with team­mate Stephen Glee­son.

Karl Robin­son’s side then lost left-back Brendan Galloway to a sec­ond yel­low card just three min­utes into the sec­ond half for a foul on Kieran Agard. That al­lowed the Millers to take con­trol,but they failed with two great chances in quick suc­ces­sion. Sub­sti­tute Nicky Adams fired a loose ball straight at David Martin from close range be­fore Lee Freck­ling­ton shot over the bar from 18 yards.

The Dons dou­bled their lead on the counter at­tack as Dele Alli skipped past two de­fend­ers and played in Izale McLeod, who wrong­footed Karl Ar­na­son be­fore shoot­ing past Adam Collin.

O’Con­nor pulled one back for United on 79 min­utes with a tap-in, and it looked like that would be a mere con­so­la­tion un­til Rev­ell headed the equaliser in the 94th minute from Ar­na­son’s long throw. And MK Dons boss Robin­son said:“I think Ge­orge’s in­jury shook us all up. He lost con­scious­ness on the pitch, I be­lieve, and got stretchered off in a neck brace.

“I’d like to say thank you to the med­i­cal team at Rother­ham and their fans for the way they con­ducted them­selves. I al­ways talk about clubs and how they con­duct them­selves and the way they did was tremen­dous.

“He’s go­ing to be OK but he’s just a lit­tle bit shaken up. It was dif­fi­cult for us all at that mo­ment.”

STAR MAN MICHA

EL O’CONN

OR Rotherh

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