Rotherham United: Millers boss defends ‘keeper

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Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has defended his goalkeeper Scott Shearer whilst admitting that the giant ‘keeper has not been at the top of his game.

There has been some criticism from a section of fans who have seen Shearer take over from fans’ favourite Andy Warrington.

“Perhaps his performances have not been where they were at the back end of last season,” said Evans.

“But you have to weigh things up and this is a goalkeeper who hasn’t been on the losing side in the past 13 league games and has made some vital saves recently.

“Ok, he’s not at the top of his game, we accept that, but he’s a top class goalkeeper. He’s replaced Andy Warrington who had a special place in the affection of our fans and perhaps that might have an effect for some people.

“He’s made crucial saves but Scott will admit he may have done better with one or two goals but I won’t shift people for one or two mistakes.

“Adam Collin is pushing him and waiting for his chance.”

Whilst former Peterborough players Craig Morgan and Lee Frecklington face their former club at the New York Stadium today, Evans will come up against a fomrer striker of his in Tyrone Barnett.

“I got tipped off about him by my scout during half-time of a game when he was at Macclesfield and after checking I decided to take him to Crawley for £100,000,” said Evans.

“The next day I looked to have lost him to Peterborough but they decided no and so got him to Crawley. He was raw but with obvious potential.”

Barnett was later to cost Posh a deal more when Evans’s Crawley sold him to them for £1.3million.

Strike partner Britt Assombalonga has eight goals in all competitions so far.