PETERS: I’LL GIVE EVANS A MAKE-UP KISS!

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John Brind­ley

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.”

PIC­TURE: Gor­don Clayton

BRAVO BEC­CHIO: The Rother­ham striker rises to find the net In­set: Jo­hann Berg Gund­munds­son cel­e­brates with Jor­dan Cousins

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