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Rotherham United deserved win - Steve Evans

1 February 2014

Steve Evans hailed a 'fantastic result' after Alex Revell's injury-time goal gave Rotherham United a 2-1 home win over fellow promotion hopefuls Leyton Orient.

Wes Thomas' first goal for the Millers put Evans' team in front after 10 minutes, a lead they held until the 76th minute when Moses Odubajo fired Orient back on level terms.

But never-say-die Rotherham shocked the O's to steal the points when Revell netted the winner in the fourth minute of injury time with a perfectly placed shot - his third goal of the week after two on Tuesday night in the victory at Tranmere.

"We have beaten an excellent team," said Millers manager Evans.

"We should have been comfortably in front at half time, but we weren't and they are a good team full of excellent players.

``In the second half the game became a little bit end-to-end and in this type of game it takes something special to win it and we were delighted to produce it for the spectators.

"We are delighted for Alex Revell with his two goals in midweek and we are delighted for him again when it's a winner in the last minute, and you could see from our supporters just how much it meant.

"We were unfortunate not to turn around 3-0 up and I warned the players at half-time to be prepared for the second half and they scored with a break away goal which perhaps we would defend better on another day.

``But we didn't give in, we were the team pressing to win and as we went into injury time we were the team throwing balls into the box and trying to win it.

"We had a go, there was some top play and our first goal was a fantastic ball in from Ben Pringle and a fantastic finish from Wes Thomas and I thought if one team was going to win it, we were. It's a fantastic result.``

Orient manager Russell Slade was left downbeat by the manner of the loss.

"It was very harsh to lose, we didn't deserve that ," he said. "We were excellent and got back in the game and we showed that normal character and grit.

"They started the better and possibly deserved the lead but by half an hour we were playing very well and the last 15 minutes of the first half we were back in the game.

"There weren't too many openings for both sides but we were working our way in and our goal came from a great opening and I thought that was exactly what we deserved.

"I don't think we managed the game well enough in those final few seconds and you have got to do that if you want to get promotions and get success. That was probably our poorest part of the entire game.

"It was an eagerness to try and get down the other end and get the win. We had worked so hard to get back in the game and we were in the dying seconds. And turning the ball over in the dying seconds has cost us dearly.``


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