Rotherham United: Steve Evans praises killer Millers finishes by Matt Derbyshire and Tony Andreu

Matt Derbyshire celebrates
Matt Derbyshire celebrates

Delighted Steve Evans saluted the quality of the goals after watching Rotherham United record back to back victories for the first time under his leadership in the Championship.

Strikes from Matt Derbyshire and Tony Andreu saw the Millers win 2-0 at Birmingham City and climb to 20th place.

Joy for Tony Andreu

Joy for Tony Andreu

Derbyshire opened the scoring in the first half at St Andrew’s with a clinical cross-goal shot, and Evans said: “ He’s not just lost the centre-half with his movement, he’s lost him by seven or eight yards.

“He finishes it with aplomb and gives the goalkeeper no chance. He worked so hard for the team. He has done all season.”

Andreu sealed victory in the 64th minute with his first goal for the club in his third start since arriving on loan from Norwich City, dispossessing Stephen Gleeson and firing sweetly past Tomasz Kuszczak

“Tony is a young man who’s got in great positions since he’s joined us,” Evans added. “Today he’s not only won the ball, he’s shifted it and hit it really early.”

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Canaries boss Alex Neil took the 27-year-old Frenchman to Carrow Road after being impressed with his goal record as an attacking midfielder while the pair were together at Hamilton in Scotland.

Evans revealed: “I’d said to Tony that I wanted to see a lot of what he’d done at Hamilton. Managers I know who have faced him up there said that he does things that early that goalkeepers don’t get set and defenders don’t get a minute. That’s exactly what he’s done today.”

Derbyshire’s goal ended a barren spell for the striker who hadn’t scored since the opening day of the season on August 8.

Rotherham last put successive wins together in April 2014 during their League One promotion campaign. A 4-3 success at Gillingham on April 5 gave them four victories on the trot.