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League Two

Evans praises persistent Millers

28 October 2012

Rotherham manager Steve Evans cut a satisfied figure after his side's battling 1-0 victory over Plymouth.

The game was settled by a 73rd minute strike from substitute Kieran Agard after the Millers dominated for long periods. Daniel Nardiello broke down the right and Agard turned the ball into the net from close range.

"It's another good day at the office," said Evans

"But at the end of the day its just another three points, and we are not going to get carried away. We lacked a bit of quality in terms of opening a team up, but we had the bulk of the chances and territorially we dominated the game.

"Plymouth are a side who have made dramatic improvements with great players and a good manager, so it was hard earned, hard fought and it was a big three points for us. I was always confident we would break them down eventually and much as I can praise young Kieran for the goal, it was great play by Nardiello.

"Kieran has shown us he is really keen to get on the pitch and you could see what the goal meant to him. He's like that when he scores a goal in training. We are pleased but we'll play a lot better and lose I suppose. We took a chance to win the game by putting Kieran on and it worked."

Argyle boss Carl Fletcher said his side lacked quality on the ball.

"We defended well and never gave up but we just lacked a little bit of quality on the day," he said.

"We could have had a couple of goals, but in possession today we just weren't at it. We knew we were going to come under pressure from set pieces and we had a game plan and it worked well, but we had lads marking players a lot bigger than them and they stuck at their task really well.

"We just had no quality up front. Whether it was a short pass or a long pass we just didn't have that quality. At times we were breaking away well and we had some half chances, but in the 90 minutes of the game we just didn't have enough of them."

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