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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans bemused by Bradford City draw

12 April 2014

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans was left questioning how his side did not beat Bradford City following the goalless draw at New York Stadium.

The Millers dominated proceedings against the Bantams, who put 10 men behind the ball, but were unable to make their pressure count with Haris Vuckic and Kari Arnason wasting the best chances.

The result will stopped a run of six straight wins for Rotherham against their West Yorkshire rivals, but Evans was left scratching his head as to how it was not seven.

"Their goal led a charmed life for 75 minutes, we laid siege," he said. "Haris Vuckic should have scored, we should have had the two penalties, Kari Arnason should have scored from a great corner and Richie Smallwood should have done better from a corner when we cut it back to him.

"And yet our keeper hasn't had a save to make really apart from a bobble from 40 yards.

"I looked for a response from Tuesday and they gave me a response because if we play like that we will win matches.

"I think they have been terrific and I cannot pay them a bigger compliment than that. We have played better football, we have made better chances and created more things in the last third and some of the football has been the best for some time."

Evans felt his side should have been awarded two penalties in the second half.

"We are Rotherham and Rotherham don't get penalties," he added.

"There was a clear push on Alex Revell and there was a clear penalty when Gary Jones handled.

"We don't get them, we just get them against us."

City manager Phil Parkinson was content with a point.

"That takes us to the 50-point marker," he said. "We have come here before and put in non-appearances, so it was important for us that we put in a professional performance and we did that.

"Rotherham are a good side, but the lads were superb in the way they stuck to their game plan from the first minute to the last, and we created some good chances on the break in the second half.

"We knew that as the game wore on and Rotherham threw caution to the wind they would leave gaps, but on the day it is a very good point for us.

"Our back four was strong, our midfield was very disciplined and Jon Stead up front did a difficult job and led the line very well and as the game went on he got better and better.

"It was a good all round performance and I am please for our supporters because they can go back to Bradford with a bit of pride because they have gone back from here before very low, like I have been."


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