Wigan 1 Rotherham United 2: Lawrence shines as Millers triumph away

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans.
Rotherham United manager Steve Evans.
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Steve Evans thought his Rotherham United side were extremely good value for this victory at Wigan Athletic.

The Millers recorded a first win in 10 matches at the DW Stadium thanks to goals from Tom Lawrence and Alex Revell, with Ben Watson responding in between for Wigan.

The home side almost found a leveller right at the climax when Oriol Riera’s header hit the crossbar, but Evans felt that would have been harsh on his side.

“I thought Wigan started better than us, and for 10 minutes they caused us problems,” manager Evans acknowledged.

“Once we sorted ourselves out we dominated for long spells.

“If it’s based on good chances, Wigan could have scored a couple – but we could have had five or six.

“Credit to my players, they’re very young in the main but we are giving them the freedom to express themselves.”

Evans singled out the contribution of Lawrence, who is shining during his spell on loan from Premier League strugglers Leicester.

“I said last week that Tom is like a lighthouse in a dark ocean, and when he scores a goal and works as hard as that, you know he’s a lighthouse in a dark ocean with a nice bottle of red wine waiting for you when you get there,” the Rotherham boss smiled. “He’s a special talent and you need to get him on the ball. For every week we’ve got him we’re grateful.”

Wigan Athletic: Carson, Perch, Boyce, Barnett, Taylor, Watson, McCann (Forshaw 80), Cowie (Riera 63), Maloney (Fortune 53), McManaman, McClean. Unused substitutes: Tavernier, Espinoza, Al Habsi, Figueroa.

Rotherham United: Collin, Wootton, Morgan, Arnason, James, Ledesma (Taylor 80), Green, Smallwood, Pringle, Lawrence (Bowery 71), Revell (Frecklington 84). Unused substitutes: Newton, Derbyshire, Clarke-Harris, Thompson.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).