QPR 4 Rotherham 2: Millers have plenty of character, says Evans

Rotherham boss Steve Evans.
Rotherham boss Steve Evans.
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ROTHERHAM UNTIED may be bottom of the table, but manager Steve Evans took heart from certain aspects of their defeat in London.

“I think for 42 minutes there was one good team out there, and it was us,” he claimed.

“We had a couple of half-chances but we didn’t take them. We got Chris (Ramsey, QPR coach) to change systems three or four times, and it was a good display.

“But goals always change matches. They had some good finishing to be fair after a good passage of play but we could certainly have defended better for the third and fourth goals.

“We kept working hard, we got another goal from a set-play – that’s three times we have done set-play work and scored.

“We need to worry about our defending at times, and our passing at times.

“We made two big chances in the first half that we should score. We didn’t take them and they took the only chance they made.

“But we have got character. People don’t need to worry about the character in the dressing room.”

Charlie Austin and Tjaronn Chery scored twice for Rangers, who were 3-0 up before Jonson Clarke-Harris and Tom Thorpe scored for the Millers, whose hopes of a comeback at Loftus Road were crushed by Austin’s penalty.

Austin’s goals took his tally for the season to four and are bound to increase speculation that he will be snapped up by a Premier League club as he further pressed his England claims.

Queens Park Rangers: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Henry, Faurlin (Doughty 77), Phillips, Luongo (Polter 82), Chery (Kpekawa 90), Austin. Unused substitutes: Smithies, Hill, Emmanuel-Thomas, Hoilett.

Rotherham United: Roos, Buxton, Halford, Collins, Newell, Frecklington, Smallwood (Thorpe 46), Grant Ward (Maguire 78), Ledesma (White 68), Clarke-Harris, Derbyshire. Unused substitutes: Danny Ward, Green, Rawson, Collin.

Referee: D Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

Man of the match: Charlie Austin.