Worst performance of managerial career for Evans as Daggers strike

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NEW Rotherham United loan signing Luke Rooney must wonder what he has let himself in for.

The 21-year-old Swindon Town winger, brought in to replace another loanee, Hull City hamstring victim Jamie Devitt, was pitched straight into action as the Millers were hammered.

Dagenham & Redbridge demolished Rotherham in securing a second consecutive victory in League Two.

Dwight Gayle thrashed home an early opener but Lee Frecklington almost levelled with a volley.

Luke Howell’s strike following great work down the left by Oluwafemi Illesanmi, doubled the lead before the break. Howell turned home his second before Medy Elito’s drilled strike and Gayle’s stoppage-time header sealed a miserable away-day for the Millers.

Manager Steve Evans claimed after seing his drop to ninth: “It was a shambles from start to finish. There are no excuses.

“It’s the worst performance I’ve had as a manager ever from any of my teams and I’ve had some howlers. It was goalkeeper Andy Warrington versus Dagenham.”

The Millers have had injury problems, but Evans refused to blame that for the defeat.

“There’s always a problem when you lose the key players we’ve been without,” he said. “We’re playing three or four players who couldn’t make the squad 10 days ago but that would be an excuse and we’re not here to make excuses. We’ve been beaten fair and square today, we’ve been smashed.”

Of Rooney, he added: “I once tried to sign Luke when he was at Gillingham. He went to Swindon and helped them to promotion last season. He is talented, opens up defences, technically very good but also has a work ethic.”

Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Ogogo, Doe, Wilkinson (Bingham 87), Ilesanmi, Howell, Spillane, Saunders, Elito, Reed (Woodall 82), Gayle. Unused substitutes: Seabright, Scott, Dom Green, Hoyte, Currie.

Rotherham United: Warrington, Bradley, Sharps, Morgan (Hunt 23), Morris, O’Connor, Rooney (Evans 46), Frecklington, Pringle, Revell, Odejayi (Nardiello 63). Unused substitutes: Thompson, Wilson, Taylor, Denton.

Referee: R East (Wiltshire).

Man of the match: Andy Warrington.