Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans blasts “numpties”

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Steve Evans has hit out at the “numpties” who doubted Rotherham United before the club’s first Championship win of the season.

The Millers beat Cardiff City 2-1 on Saturday, scoring in the last minute against the Bluebirds who played the second half with 10 men after the sending off of goalkeeper David Marshall.

Matt Derbyshire was kicked

Matt Derbyshire was kicked

“I thought we were battering them at 11 v 11. I didn’t want anything to change majorly,” the Rotherham boss said.

“We passed it, we passed it more than we have done all season. The team was set up in that direction. We’re getting people fitter, so the numpties out there - the few of them who moan and groan - want to realise that it takes a little bit of time whren we bring players together to get a style and a pattern and to get everyone fit and sharp.”

Victory came in Rotherham’s eighth league match.

Both teams were awarded penalties, and Marshall was given his marching orders for kicking Matt Derbyshire in the 41st-minute spot-kick incident when the Rotherham striker had impeded his attempted throw.

“All Derbs has done is gone across him, as every striker in the business does,” Evans said. “You just can’t kick out silly. David Marshall has been a bit foolish. I think the referee calls that right.”

The Millers manager had no complaints about the penalty awarded against his side five minutes later when Fabio De Silva tumbled in the box.

“Vadis (Odjidja-Ofoe) gets caught on the wrong side and the player may have gone done a bit theatrically,” he said. “But I do believe that if you’re attacking you’ve got no right to be touched in the box in a physical fashion. I think the ref got that right as well.”