Rotherham United: Millers plan referee protest

Millers boss Steve Evans
Millers boss Steve Evans
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Rotherham United are ready to take their complaint further after pointing the finger at referee Stephen Martin in Saturday’s defeat against Championship leaders Bournemouth.

The Millers accused the Staffordshire official of playing too much time added on at the end of the first half, a period in which the Cherries scored before going on to wrap up a 2-0 win in the second period.

Afterwards, Rotherham boss Steve Evans revealed the club won’t be letting the matter drop.

He said of the match official: “I have to say, I’m not questioning whether he’s an honest man or not. One or two things we’ve seen at half-time, we were not happy about what the referee did.

“We’ll raise that with the appropriate authorities rather than say any more.

“They’ve got goals at very fortunate times. Perhaps the first one is a bit fortunate in that it’s well over time. But we can’t argue with how the referee allocates the time.

“I just felt that when the free-kick was given the fourth official was telling him “that’s it, it’s over” and then he allows the ball to go into the box.

“I thought we were fantastic in the first half.”

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Evans considers Bournemouth to be the best side in the Championship and was pleased with how his own side competed.

“We were in the game. I don’t know what Eddie (Bournemouth boss Howe) has said post-match, but if he’s said anything else his nose has grown,” he said.

“They’ve had a tough day today. They rode their luck at times.”

“It’s very difficult when they go two up against you. They can destroy teams, as we’ve seen at first hand (in the 5-1 FA Cup defeat a fortnight ago).”

Howe conceded his team had been given a difficult afternoon, describing Rotherham as a hard team to play against.

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