Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans backs referee over Hillsborough penalty verdict

Kieran Lee goes down but no penalty is given
Kieran Lee goes down but no penalty is given
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Rotherham United manager backed the referee over the ‘no penalty’ verdict in the South Yorkshire derby, but admitted it could have been given.

Sheffield Wednesday substitute Kieran Lee went down in the area late in the second half after turning Millers defender Kirk Broadfoot, but official Nigel Miller waved away appeals for a spot-kick.

“My instant view is that I didn’t know. My instant view is that if there’s contact then it’s a penalty,” Evans admitted.

“I asked the fourth official and he was like me and didn’t know.

“I certainly couldn’t have had any complaints, on first sight, if he gives it because it possibly is when you’re that close to it.

“I’ve gone in and looked at the DVD and it’s a slip. It’s as simple as that, and the referee has got it spot on.

“So before people go and write headlines and before people write stories, go and do what we do. Go and research it.

“We’ve gone to our analyst, and he’s the most honest young man we have at the football club, and I’ve just said ‘penalty or not to Wednesday?’

“He brings it straight up and says ‘no, he slips’. And he did.”

Wednesday boss Stuart Gray said he thought a penalty should have been given and that Lee had told him afterwards there was definite contact.

Evans was frustrated his side didn’t leave Hillsborough with all three points as training-ground work on set-plays amost paid off.

Twice, midfielder Paul Green has clear sights of goal from corners but both times he directed them off target.

“We worked especially hard on set-plays and releasing Greeny and (Lee) Frecklington and it worked,” Evans said,

“There were two headers you’d normally expect Greeny to put in the net. He certainly put a couple of those in yesterday in training, which makes it even more frustrating.”