Rotherham United: Evans slams ‘negative’ Minstermen

Alex Revell on the attack against York City
Alex Revell on the attack against York City
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ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans has accused York City of being a “negative” side following the first ever draw at the New York Stadium.

The Minstermen lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation on Tuesday and almost pulled off a second successive win at the Millers new home thanks to Matty Blair’s composed finish after the break.

But Daniel Nardiello made no mistake from close range in the dying minutes as Rotherham stretched their unbeaten run to four matches.

While Evans readily accepts Rotherham’s performance was “a notch down from where it’s been” in recent weeks, he has criticised York’s tactics.

He said: “We played against a team who played a 4-6 system at times. I couldn’t play like that but everybody is different. It is very difficult to break down and that’s why they draw a lot games. I think it is negative. I don’t think it is very conducive to watch.

“They will stay up but it is as near as you can get to a brick-layer putting a brick in front of the goal. I couldn’t manage like that but everybody has to manage their team as they see fit.”

Evans, who has confirmed winger Danny Kearns (hamstring) is unlikely to feature at Southend United this weekend, praised Andy Warrington’s display against York, saying: “Andy made a great save from Matty Blair. He is a top professional and shot-stopper.”

Warrington, who began his career at York, made his 200th league start for Rotherham against his former employers.

“Somebody told me that just before kick-off,” said Warrington. “It is fantastic to have done that.

“I love Rotherham and I am lucky to have done that now with two clubs in Rotherham and Doncaster.”