Rotherham United: Rivals bosses disagree over ‘cheat’ claim

Matt Tubbs fires wide late on for Millers against Tranmere
Matt Tubbs fires wide late on for Millers against Tranmere
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Steve Evans and Ronnie Moore found themselves in disagreement over the Rotherham United manager’s allegation of ‘cheating’ against Tranmere’s former Millers loanee Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

There was no issue over the penalty the little winger won, and from which Tranmere scored a late equaliser, but Evans took issue over an incident in stoppage time when Bell-Baggie went down under a challenge from Millers ‘keeper.

“I can’t accept that there was no yellow card at the end for a blatant dive (from Bell-Baggie) from a cheat because that’s what he is, a cheat,” said Evans.

“Let him sue me if he wants but he’s a cheat, he dived.”

Tranmere boss Moore replied: “I actually thought the second penalty claim at the end was more a penalty than the one we got.

“He’s little, mobile and quick and if he gets nicked then he goes down but I don’t think he cheated and I think it’s wrong for a manager to call an opposition player a cheat.

“But if the ref give the first penalty, I think he has to give the second one.”

Evans also complained about the failure for his side to get a penalty when a cross was blocked by a defender’s arm and he added: “I can’t accept the clear elbow on Joe Skarz which got only a yellow card, they should have been down to 10 men.”

On leaving out keeper Scott Shearer and striker Alex Revell, Evans said it was to “take them out of the spotlight”.

Kari Arnason reported ill at lunchtime on Tuesday and Evans said Michael Tidser said he wasn’t quite right to start.

Lee Frecklington and Michael O’Connor are both ok available for the trip to Leyton Orient who suffered their first defeat on Tuesday.