Rotherham United: No snub, says opposing boss

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Charlton head coach Bob Peeters has dismissed the notion he snubbed Rotherham United boss Steve Evans at the end of Saturday’s match.

Peeters headed straight on to the pitch after the 1-1 draw, but said it was his normal practice.

The Belgian said: “I always go first to the referee with my players and then afterwards I go for a drink with the manager - if he lets me in!

“I never do it [shake hands on the whistle]. I had it one time when I went straight to the manager [Wigan’s Uwe Rosler] and I nearly got in a fight, so that’s why I go first on the pitch.

“There’s nothing against their manager. He’s doing his job and I’m doing my job. Afterwards we drink a beer, no problem.”

Evans left out goalkeeper Adam Collin, whose error had contributed to Bolton Wanderers’ third goal in their 3-2 midweek win over the Millers, bringing in Scott Loach for his first league start.

The Millers manager said: “I’ve always said they’re easy decisions because they’re honest decisions. Adam’s been fantastic for us and will be fantastic for us again.

“But we had one or two issues with him in the last couple of weeks about his distribution. He knows. We talk him through it.

“The only reason he’s left out today is because we’re worried about his confidence.

“Loachy’s got no chance with the goal and his distribution was excellent, so he’s done okay.”

Striker Alex Revell, recalled to the starting 11, had to leave the action in the first half with a dead-leg but Evans says he expects him to be fit for next Saturday’s visit to Ipswich Town.

The club don’t expect to enter the loan market until next month. “We won’t be doing anything for a couple of weeks, maybe post the international window when we come back in October,” Evans revealed. “We’re talking to one or two clubs and representatives.”