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Evans delighted with matchwinner

16 December 2012

Rotherham manager Steve Evans insists striker Kieran Agard is the consummate professional after his header 11 minutes from time got the Millers back to winning ways in a 1-0 victory at AFC Wimbledon.

The 23-year-old, signed from Yeovil in the summer, made an immediate impact after coming on for Michael O'Connor in the 70th minute, converting Courtney Cameron's pinpoint cross for the winner.

Agard got lucky with the ball going in off Dons keeper Neil Sullivan's head via the post although Evans couldn't care less as Rotherham bounced back from last weekend's defeat to Gillingham. The defeat extended AFC Wimbledon's winless run in all competitions to six games.

"It was a fantastic header from Kieran and I think the keeper thought it was going wide. Kieran made 70 yards to just be in that box," said Evans. "The whole dressing room is delighted for that young man; he is everything a professional should be. Any other day [Daniel] Nardiello would get us three or four goals.

"But that happens doesn't it; he missed a chance and always got in a position to have another, that's the sign of a good striker. It's not about what happens in December. We're not going to get carried away. We all believe that last week we deserved a point.

"There was nothing in the first half but I think we absolutely dominated the second half. Arguably we could have scored five or six. We can play the best teams in the Football League and we can go toe to toe with them with the players we've got."

Meanwhile AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley revealed he is working day and night to find the right players to drag the Dons away from the bottom of League Two.

"Safe to say we need to do some work in January, no doubt, we're working really hard on that as well as on the training pitch," said Ardley, whose side are one place and point off the bottom two.

"We're not looking at individuals; we're looking for a particular type of player that can give us leadership. I don't want to mention positions but we need pace and leadership. We need players who know how to win games, and maybe that little bit of experience. They're not easy to come by.

"When you do, you've got to ask the question, do they want to come down into League Two and join a relegation fight. So, as much as we think getting players in might be easy, it's not. I can assure you, as soon as I get off that training pitch, my work doesn't stop."

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