Rotherham United: Steve Evans’ Millers battle cry

Danny Ward rues a missed chance at Fulham. Picture: Richard Parkes
Danny Ward rues a missed chance at Fulham. Picture: Richard Parkes

Defiant boss Steve Evans today declared that no amount of adversity will ever break Rotherham United’s famed fighting spirit.

The Millers, scrapping for their Championship survival, face a Football League charge of fielding an ineligible player and could be docked three points, while Evans believes a refereeing error cost them victory in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Fulham.

But he declared: “As Rotherham United, we’ll win games. As Rotherham United, we’ll lose games. But as Rotherham United, when you’re inside it, you’re never defeated.

“We get knocked from pillar to post as a team, as a squad, as a staff and as a manager. Let the knocking continue, and we’ll just fight tooth and nail to make sure we give this great football club another season in the Championship.”

His team destroyed the Cottagers in the first half, going ahead through Matt Derbyshire but then seeing Derbyshire, Danny Ward and Kirk Broadfoot (twice) spurn glorious chances to score.

They laid siege to the Fulham goal in the last 15 minutes and Ward almost bagged a winner with a glancing header.

In between, Ross McCormack had snatched a contentious 67th-minute equaliser

Evans blasted: “The disappointing thing in my mind is that their goal comes from a blatant handball by Ross McCormack.

“If a Championship official doesn’t see that, he shouldn’t be in the Championship. But it shouldn’t have come down to that. It should have come down to us going home with a handsome victory.

“If that’s not handball, I haven’t got a pair of eyes. This is a big match with a lot at stake and the referee has made a howler.”

Fulham boss Kit Symons addmitted Rotherham deserved to win, saying: “First half, I thought we were awful, terrible. We were nowhere near it.

“Credit to Rotherham, they pressed us. We didn’t get the ball down and pass it and we didn’t compete well enough either. They could have been out of sight.”

The Millers, without a game this weekend, are five points clear of the drop zone in 21st place.