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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans dismisses top-two finish

26 March 2014

Rotherham's outside hopes of an automatic promotion place are still very much alive after a demolition job on second-placed Brentford, but manager Steve Evans still refuses to accept the possibility.

Kieran Agard was Rotherham's hero with a brace to take his total for the season to 20. He set them on their way from the penalty spot after 13 minutes and then added the second after 44 minutes following a splendid four-man move.

Substitute Haris Vuckic added the third in the second minute of added time and just a minute after coming on to the field as Rotherham extended their unbeaten run to 14 games.

"We played terrifically well," said Evans. "But we cannot think of the top two or even the Play-Offs because most of the teams in that top group have won.

"We played well, but more importantly we worked extremely hard.

"We dominated from start to finish and restricted a team of top-class players, but we knew we had to play like that to beat this Brentford side.

"They arrived here a top-class side and they leave a top-class side.

"We knew the quality Mark Warburton had to choose from, they are going to get players on the ball and hurt you, so we had to work as hard as we did.

"We could possibly have doubled our score when you look at the chances we missed.

"But it's a clean-sheet, three goals and fantastic support once again."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton said his team improved as the game went on.

"In the first half we weren't brave enough and we never really threatened them," Warburton said.

"I think some of the one-to-one battles we lost.

"In the second half and as the game wore on we were better.

"For us it wasn't our normal standard, but I have to recognise on the night we were beaten by a better team, simple as that.

"You get out of a game what you put into it and I thought at times we fell below our normal standard.

"Apart from some tidy passages we weren't clinical enough.

"In certain areas we didn't step up and we will learn from it.

"Our only focus now is Oldham. We think 79 points is a good score. We need to get to 94 or 95.

"How are we going to do that? With five wins."

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