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Steve Evans lauds Rotherham United

12 March 2014

Steve Evans described his Rotherham United team as 'a joy to watch' after they cruised to a 2-0 win at Oldham Athletic.

Goals from Mark Bradley and Lee Frecklington kept the Millers firmly on course for a play-off spot and condemned Oldham to a third consecutive home defeat.

Bradley opened the scoring after 27 minutes, drilling in from 10 yards after home goalkeeper Mark Oxley failed to hold Richard Smallwood's shot.

Oldham had a golden opportunity to draw level, but Charlie MacDonald was denied by Rotherham keeper Adam Collin.

Evans' side doubled their lead in the 64th minute, Frecklington smashing in a superb effort from 25 yards to make it 11 games unbeaten.

Evans said: "It was a comfortable win and a fair reflection might have been 8-2.

"It should have been done and dusted by half-time so we had to stay professional and keep passing, which we did outstandingly well.

"We knew it would be tough because Oldham were nip and tuck with Preston here on Saturday, but we did all you could ask.

"We were dominant and our midfield four were great. Once the second goal went in, it was a case of whether we could score three or four.

"When we play with that sort of application, we are a joy to watch.

"We've got a monster game against Walsall on Saturday and if we win that it might just tell one or two people we can get into the play-offs.

"People expect us to fail, but we are right in there. And if we do manage to make the play-offs, over two games I would fancy the Millers."

Oldham manager Lee Johnson is desperate to bring in reinforcements after seeing his side sink deeper into relegation trouble.

Johnson said: "Our squad was depleted and it showed - we were physically weaker than Rotherham.

"The endeavour was there and the lads kept going, but there's no doubt we need some help with the squad.

"Their centre-backs were dominant against us and we didn't have the personnel to change it, so I'll be trying to sign two or three players.

"I'm disappointed with what happened, but I'm not shocked. You can get away with two or three players being physically weak, but not seven or eight.

"I'll try to get us some help before Saturday and we have to go into a big game at Crewe with some renewed vigour.

"I've been disappointed with a couple of players who've been given contracts and haven't produced, but that's my fault on the recruitment front.

"This is my toughest time (as manager), but I've spent the majority of my career winning things and I know what it takes.

"We've got 10 games left and it's make or break for some of the players. That's not a threat, it's a fact of life, because being released after a relegation doesn't look good."

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