Steve Evans is proud of Rotherham’s ability to punch above their weight in the Championship
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Rotherham boss Steve Evans warned his Millers will be no pushovers in the Championship this season after grinding out a point at Carrow Road.
Evans felt his side deserved a positive outcome for a battling display which capped a good week for the newly-promoted club after beating Blackburn at the New York Stadium.
'We don't have the huge resources of other clubs in the Championship, and I am not saying that applies to every club at this level, but if you compare apples and apples, which is Norwich City and Rotherham trying to get points in the same league, there is a huge difference,' he said. 'I have experienced the reverse of that and been a manager in League One and Two with good resources and you have to spend it wisely. I think Neil Adams has done a miracle here to bring in the players he has, to have that competition.
'I am looking at players they are bringing off the bench and rubbing my eyes. We don't have that. We know this league and the quality of player we are going to face most weeks because it is a division littered with class footballers. We can't go and compete financially with the clubs in the Championship but what we can do is look to stabilise. We have a fantastic stadium, a fantastic training ground and a chairman who doesn't interfere so we have a lot of plusses.'
Evans was adamant his side spurned chances to put Norwich away before Cameron Jerome cancelled out Paul Green's first half penalty.
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'If you look at the 90 minutes it is a deserved point,' he said. 'If you look at the second half Norwich had a lot of the ball but from a team who started with two strikers and brought another two on we had four or five good opportunities to get another, and they were good chances. I was disappointed with that but it is certainly a hard-earned point.'
Evans was prepared to alter his initial opinion City stopper John Ruddy should have been dismissed in the incident that led to Green's spot-kick, when the Norwich man took out Matt Derbyshire.
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'I thought it was a red when I first saw it but at half-time the analyst showed me the footage and it was yellow,' he said. 'He is not going to retain possession, plus there is a covering defender so for me that was the right call. It is a good decision. It was just a shame he didn't get the one right for the hand ball that led to the free kick for their goal. He hasn't given it, his assistant did, and how he sees that through a line of men is X-ray vision stuff. The crowd shout and he has responded but the lad has executed it well around the wall.'