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We'll take it on the chin - Rotherham United boss Steve Evans

26 April 2014

Steve Evans says he will take Rotherham United's point on the chin, despite watching his side claw back a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with 10-man Milton Keynes Dons.

Matthew Kennedy gave the Dons the lead before Brendon Galloway was sent off for his second yellow card.

But they doubled their lead in the 71st minute when Dele Alli's slide rule pass picked out Izale McLeod and he beat the Rotherham goalkeeper with ease.

Rotherham's comeback started in the 79th minute when Michael O'Connor netted from substitute Tom Hitchcock's pass, and was completed in the third minute of added time with Alex Revell's flick header from Kari Arnason's long throw.

Manager Steve Evans, who saw his side slip to fifth, said: "We'll take it on the chin. We've dropped to fifth but there is still a lot of football to play next week."

"It wasn't very good for long spells. It was a disjointed performance, but we made some changes and it was better in the second half. We got back in it and got a point.

"But I cannot fault my team for effort, spirit and keeping going until the end. If we had equalised when we were only one down it would have been different, but we wasted chance after chance. If we had scored then I think we would have won comfortably.

"It took us probably until 65 minutes to realise we might get beaten and we said to them we cannot turn games round in the final 20 minutes.

"I was delighted late on because I felt then we had a proper go but we'll learn and go to Swindon next week who've nothing to play for now."

Dons manager Karl Robinson paid tribute to the Rotherham medical staff for the treatment given to George Baldock after he was stretchered off after half an hour, resulting in an 11-minute delay.

"We have come to a very good Rotherham side," he said.

"We kept on with 10 men for nearly 50 per cent of the game and put on a show. The players deserve a pat on the back.

"I thought we were excellent. We had a game plan and they had shaken their system up a bit and they changed their tactics which was credit to us.

"I'm so happy we have come without about seven players. Our injury record is one of the worst. I can't ask any more from these players

"I'm so proud of my players and the football club. Our fans snag their hearts out for 90 minutes and I think we have all shown that we are made of better stuff than what people first thought."


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