LISTEN: Steve Evans says there was no way Rotherham fans thought their side would score winner

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Speculation about his future may have been hanging around after Leeds United boss Steve Evans fell to defeat on his return to Rotherham United - but it was only the result that he was concerned about.

Evans' return to the New York Stadium, where he enjoyed so many good times in a three-and-a-half-year spell, was ruined by Greg Halford's 89th-minute penalty which made it five wins in six for the Millers.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans during his side's defeat at Rotherham United

Leeds United manager Steve Evans during his side's defeat at Rotherham United

Defeat would have been inconceivable for the Scot when Luke Murphy cancelled out Lee Frecklington's opener in the 79th-minute as the Millers were down to 10 men following Matt Derbyshire's red card and on the ropes.

REPORT: Millers 2 Leeds United 1

But Rotherham have specialised in late drama under Neil Warnock and won it when Frecklington was fouled by Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, who also received a red card, and Halford did the business from the spot.

It was a second successive Yorkshire derby loss for Evans, whose future at Elland Road gets bleaker by the match.

If he does get the chop at Leeds, he might not be out of work for long after speculation linking him with an unnamed Championship club.

Evans said: "That's not for today, I have just lost in a derby at a club that is very close to my heart and it's hard to take.

"I have not had any phone calls, the people that look after me, what they have had is not for me to be talking about because I want to be Leeds United head coach. All I have to think about now is QPR on Tuesday.

"This result doesn't hurt my future, it's hurts me today and tomorrow and until next time we play. I didn't want to come back to Rotherham and lose, I wanted to come back and win and for large parts of the second half I thought as sure as night follows day that we were going to.

"I know these Rotherham fans and not for one minute did they think in the last 25 minutes they would get a goal."