Upset Rotherham United boss desperate for new striker

The New York Stadium
The New York Stadium

Brentford (6) v Rotherham United (19)

“Let’s be honest we could have been three up at the break, but if you don’t put the ball in the net you don’t win,” said the Millers boss, whose side lost the Sky Bet Championship encounter 1-0.

Evans caught his opposite number Mark Warburton on the hop with a team selection that relied more on finesse than physicality - and it worked until the interval.

But Stuart Dallas’ text book volley just before the hour was enough to clinch maximum points for the Bees who dominated possession in a one-sided second half.

Matt Derbyshire’s mobility caused the hosts all sorts of problems and Richard Smallwood had his head in his hands after a weak shot straight at Brentford keeper David Button, with the game less than 20 minutes old.

And with minutes remaining Button came to the Bees’ rescue with a brilliant fingertip save to deny Paul Green’ glancing header from a Scott Wooton cross.

Evans said: “Even if that had gone in and we’d got a point we’d have been disappointed because we dominated the game for long spells and should have left with a comfortable win.

“We know that a striker is a priority and we are scouring the country, but it’s difficult because clubs in this division have millions to spend and we have three bob.”

He added: “We should really have been out of sight by the break, but once again we’ve dominated and not got what we deserved. In recent weeks we’ve done the same and drawn, but today they have nicked it with a decent goal.”

Warburton hailed his fifth-placed Brentford side’s ability to adapt within a game as the reason for their hard-fought win.

The Bees boss admitted Rotherham’s team selection caught him out - and it showed in a sluggish first 20 minutes for the hosts.

Derbyshire caused the home defence all sorts of problems running from deep as the Londoners struggled to cope with their surges from midfield.

Warburton said: “In the end it was a good victory and a clean sheet. The result was important after three defeats, but we have played better against Wolves and Brighton and lost.

“We started very slowly which is unlike us. There was no tempo, no intensity and we looked subdued, but after half-time we looked like a different team.”

Brentford found their spark after the break and only a goal-line block by Kari Arnason to deny Jonathan Douglas and the post thwarting Alex Pritchard kept the scoreline down.

Warburton said: “They surprised us before kick-off because we expected them to be physical up top, but he threw his new lads in and we took a little time to adapt. The fact that we did showed an intelligence within the squad.”

Brentford, missing busy midfielder Alan Judge through injury, drove forward with far more intent after the interval, restricting the Millers to a handful of quick breaks.

Warburton added: “After the break we showed a lot more intent and energy, so I was delighted to get the win in difficult windy conditions with the kind of pitch we will see more of in the second half of the season.

“That is when we will see the true value of a squad.”