Rotherham United 1 Charlton 1: Deadman walks fine line with Evans

Rotherham manager Steve Evans.
Rotherham manager Steve Evans.
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Rotherham manager Steve Evans was unhappy with referee Darren Deadman for not awarding a penalty as his side held high-flying Charlton to a 1-1 draw at the New York Stadium.

The Millers earned a point against unbeaten Charlton when Luciano Becchio headed in and could have taken all three points from this Sky Bet Championship encounter in front of 9,620 spectators.

The visitors had been on top in the first half and took the lead through Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

But Becchio headed in to ensure his side earned a point from a game which they deserved to win on second half possession and chances.

Charlton could have snatched a win late on when Scott Loach stopped the ball crossing the line after he had failed to hold a Frederic Bulot shot.

But Evans was unhappy that Deadman ignored appeals for handball against Johnnie Jackson.

Evans said: “It wasn’t just handball. He almost had hold of the ball, put it up his shirt and looked as fat as me.”

Evans said he did not want to question Deadman’s integrity but added: “If we are not going to get a penalty for that we might as well rewrite the rule book.”

After the visitors had dominated the game for large periods of the first half it was Evans’ side who came back into the match after the break and created enough chances to take all three points.

“I was ecstatic with the second half performance,” added the Rotherham manager.

Rotherham striker Becchio agreed with Evans. When asked if he thought it was a penalty he said: “I saw it on the video (after the game). It was 100 per cent a penalty.”