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Steve Evans hails Rotherham United's desire

15 February 2014

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans insisted his side's character saw them through as they claimed a last-gasp 2-1 win over Stevenage.

For the second home game on the bounce, the promotion-chasing Millers left it until the closing minutes to grab a winner.

Wes Thomas set them on their way b ut Boro grabbed a late equaliser themselves after 86 minutes when Francois Zoko slammed home from close range following the visitors' seventh corner of the second half.

But Rotherham came back strongly and two minutes later substitute Haris Vuckic won the ball on the edge of the area, held off a challenge and then slid a pass to Lee Frecklington, who curled his shot into the bottom corner.

"It was a tough day at the office," Evans said. "I told them it would be and it was.

"We were probably a notch down here on our performance but the one thing they have got is they will run until they drop and they have done that again. It is something footballers are born with - the character and the desire to win - and it is something we have got in abundance.

"We will always go to the death and it was as good a win as we have had all season. It is a good win for us and Frecklington's goal was a stunning finish at that late stage of the game when the pressure is on.

"With 16 games to go, it's getting to squeaky bum time."

Video replays showed Rotherham's first goal was onside despite what appeared to be claims from Stevenage to the contrary.

However, Boro boss Graham Westley stressed afterwards that his players were not claiming offside but felt there was a foul on goalkeeper Chris Day.

"I feel for the lads, they have put a lot of work in and they have spent themselves and their shirts on the pitch," Westley said.

"We played some really good stuff and we created a lot of chances but football can be cruel sometimes and it was certainly cruel to us .

"With the first goal we were devastated we didn't get the decision. The goalkeeper has got the ball in his hands and Alex Revell made no contact with the ball. I've looked at the video and nine times out of 10 you see a free-kick in that situation.

"I find it tough to accept that there is no foul involved. The offside situation was fine we weren't appealing for that.

"Rotherham are going well, they have got good home form and good general form and Steve has got them going well .I thought our lads were terrific. They took the game to them, they kept their focus and sense of purpose."

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