Rotherham United manager Steve Evans would have no problem should anyone ask him if his side can push for a place in the top six. It might be the word ‘push’ that he doesn’t like!
That’s because his side have been on the wrong end of a push on two occasions in their last two games.
And the failure of the respective referees to spot the offending push proved crucial and has almost certainly cost the Millers additional League One points.
“I know that we have been on the wrong end of shocking decisions in our last two games and while I am in no way questioning the honesty or integrity of the officials, the fact is they both missed my players getting pushed,” said the Millers manager.
Pictures clearly showed Kari Arnason getting a push in the back by Tyrone Barnett at a corner kick last Saturday, the Rotherham’s defenders arm went up as a reaction and the ball glanced off it.
A penalty was awarded, Peterborough scored from the spot kick and it proved to be the winner.
The previous week at Walsall, Rotherham were denied a penalty when Daniel Nardiello was pushed over as he moved past the last defender.
It denied Nardiello a clear goalscoring opportunity so Walsall would have been reduced to 10 men as well with the possibility of Rotherham taking the lead from the penalty.
“You cannot help but think that those decisions should have been spotted and gone our way,” said Evans.
“It’s annoying because you know how different things could well have been.
“You have to believe that decisions even themselves out over a season so I look forward to that.”
He added: “I was proud of the players last Saturday but that has now gone and we have to put everything behind us and get ready for the next match.”
Rotherham are at Brentford who Evans saw win 2-0 away to Coventry on Sunday.
It seems unlikely that either of the Millers injury absentees, Michael O’Connor or David Worrall, will be available.