PETERS: I’LL GIVE EVANS A MAKE-UP KISS!
CHARLTON boss Bob Peeters promised to settle his on-pitch differences with rival Steve Evans with a ‘kiss and a beer’ after the Millers boss claimed they were denied a blatant late penalty.
The flashpoint of an enthralling afternoon, in which both sides showed their credentials, came when Charlton skipper Johnnie Jackson appeared to handle Joe Skarz’s cross as Rotherham pressed for a deserved winner.
Peeters pointedly turned to his players on the final whistle, ignoring the usual handshake with an opposing manager he accused of putting pressure on the officials.
“I don’t know whether it was a penalty,” Peeters said.
“But, according to certain people in the stadium, it was handball almost every time the ball was put in our box.
“I always go to my players first – that’s what I do.
“I will knock on his door and see if he has a beer for me.
“If you like, I’ll settle it with a kiss because there’s no frustration on my part.
“I could never have dreamt, given our fixtures, that we’d be unbeaten after eight games. But we’ve led in three of our four matches away from home.
“We knew they would come at us but we were holding them until we made a mistake.
“They made it physical and had lots of energy but we had our chances on the break.”
The Millers deserve great credit for a storming second half which put the previously composed visitors to the sword.
Charlton had overcome a hesitant start to go into the break in command following a well-taken 27th-minute goal from midfelder Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
Alex Revell’s physical duel with Andre Bikey was an engaging feature of the opening stages, with the Rotherham striker notably winning important balls in the air. But his partner Jordan Bowery, though bright at first, quickly faded out of the picture.
A largely frustrating day for Charlton top scorer Igor Vetokele was highlighted by a yellow card when he ran into Craig Morgan inside the Rotherham box.
That was one of several fine decisions by referee Darren Deadman despite his condemnation from Evans
Left back Skarz ducked in at the far post to send a header just wide from Richie Smallwood’s cross before Charlton took the lead against the run of play.
It was good opportunism from Berg Gudmundsson, who drifted inside and let fly with an angled shot from just outside the box.
Charlton ended the half in total command with Scott Loach saving well from both Vetokele and Tal Ben Haim.
Yet it was one-way traffic after- wards as Paul Green pulled the midfield strings.
Ben Haim’s slip allowed Ben Pringle to cross for fellow substitute Luciano Becchio to nod his first goal since January 2013 from point-blank range.
Stephen Henderson preserved Charlton’s point with a late save from a Skarz header.
And Evans stormed: “They should rewrite the Championship rulebook to say ‘Rotherham don’t get penalties but they are awarded against them’.
“It was a disgraceful decision by an honest referee. We deserved the chance to get three points as we completely annihilated Charlton in the second half.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic about our second-half performance against a side with a budget four or five times bigger than ours. They are a quality side with quality players.
“When we lost Alex Revell to a dead leg, there was only one way to go. Luciano wasn’t ready to start but we will butcher him in training to make sure he is completely ready after the next international break.”
BRAVO BECCHIO: The Rotherham striker rises to find the net Inset: Johann Berg Gundmundsson celebrates with Jordan Cousins