Evans salutes match winner

ROTHERHAM United chief Steve Evans paid tribute to match winner Lewis Grabban after his two-goal salvo against Morecambe.

The striker's last-gasp wonder goal, smashed left-footed into the top corner of the net, secured a 3-2 win at Don Valley Stadium on Saturday after the Millers had been reduced to ten men 15 minutes from time with Ryan Cresswell's sending-off. 

Grabban also scored the opener and is now on 21 goals for the season.

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Evans said: "He's a talented boy who can do marvellous things and that's why Crawley and a number of other clubs bid a lot of money for him.

"By his high standards he'll have been disappointed to miss a big chance at 2-1 but no goalkeeper in the world would have stopped his second goal. It was a special finish and he showed great movement to get in the position he did."

The victory was Evans' first since taking charge manager a fortnight ago and he says it was well deserved, with Grabban's two strikes sandwiching an effort from Jason Taylor.

The visitors had twice battled back to equalise with goals from Jordan Burrow and Jack Redshaw—the latter a penalty awarded for a foul by Cresswell which led to his second yellow card and dismissal.

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Evans added: "We dominated the first half but I was disappointed with the quality in the final third. I told the players we needed to work harder and close down with the same intensity we'd done in training and to a man we did that in the second half, even with ten men.

"I wouldn't have been too disappointed with a draw, given we lost a man at an important time of the game. We have to be delighted to win it late."

The three points mean Rotherham still have a mathematical chance of reaching the play-offs, trailing seventh-placed Crewe by five points with two games left. The first is away to Aldershot on Saturday, with Northampton to follow in what will be the club's last game at Don Valley seven days later.