Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans points finger at Kari Arnason

Kari Arnason in action at Blackpool
Kari Arnason in action at Blackpool

He describes his international centre-half as one of the best signings he’s ever made, but boss Steve Evans was blaming only man after Rotherham United threw away two points at Blackpool.

Kari Arnason.

The Millers had dominated Sunday’smatch and were minutes from a 1-0 Championship win when the defender who has played nearly 40 times for Iceland failed to head away a routine long ball.

“Let’s be honest, you’d get a guy in the Sunday League to head that. It’s just huge individual error,” Evans said.

“You can’t afford to make them because you get punished. The ball’s come 75 yards down the pitch.

“Let’s say it is as it is … if Kari Arnason does his job, we win 1-0.”

In the ensuing scramble, 18-year-old Seasiders debutant Dom Telford poked home the equaliser, dashing the Millers’ hopes of a seven-point Christmas.

Evans’ men had destroyed the home side in the first half and were the better side in the second, but spurned countless chances and Tom Lawrence saw his 17th-minute penalty saved.

Evans added: “(Blackpool boss) Lee Clark said to me at full-time if it had been 6-0 at half-time he couldn’t have complained.

“And I think if it was six they’d have got away lightly.

“It’s as down as I’ve been this season really.”

The match had echoes of the AESSEAL New York Stadium clash between the two sides in November when the Millers were leading only to be pegged back five minutes from when keeper Adam Collin fluffed his clearance.

“We’ll dust ourselves down. We’ll take the disappointment of conceding late again to a team we’ve just absolutely totally dominated,” Evans said.

“If it had been eight our nine, in all seriousness, I don’t think the Blackpool fans would have complained. I don’t think they’d say any different.”