Evans post-Rotherham

Gills boss reacts following Rotherham defeat.

Steve Evans felt the 3-0 scoreline flattered Rotherham United but was left to rue defensive errors as the Gills slipped to defeat at The MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A tap in from Michael Smith followed by a brace from Matt Crooks sealed the points for The Millers who also saw a penalty saved by Jack Bonham in the opening half.

Speaking after the game, Evans said: “I think it’s a harsh scoreline in fairness, I think you look at big moments in the game. Within a minute or two we’ve gone from a back-pass putting Regan (Charles-Cook) in on goal only for the referee giving him offside to them having a penalty.

“Jack (Bonham) then bails us with a great save but then we are just poor. We are poor for the goal and you have to say it’s a great finish for the boy Crooks, but we are on the back foot and struggling.”

He added: “I think in the second half we are camped in their half, we’ve made a number of good half opportunities. We’ve made a good chance with Jakubiak, when he should probably score, but they’ve got their blocks in. The third goal we are caution to the wind trying to get a goal to salvage something. I’m not going to apportion blame to anyone; we will just get back on the training pitch on Monday.”

Report | Gillingham 0-3 Rotherham United

Gills dominated the ball in the second half but couldn’t find a way past a resolute and solid Rotherham defence, and Evans admitted that proved the difference. “We know our deficiencies, nobody has to come and tell me what our deficiencies are. We’ve had experience for many years.”

Evans enjoyed a successful spell at Rotherham, winning back to back promotions in consecutive years and he was full of praise for his former employees after the game on Saturday.

He said: “We will take nothing away from Rotherham, they’ve spent fortunes and I’ve been the benefactor of it. They’ve got a good squad and a good manager and some great supporters. Nothing changes that I wouldn’t have thought last week.”