Birmingham 2 Rotherham 1: Referee was atrocious, in capital letters – Evans

Enraged Rotherham United manager Steve Evans labelled referee Dean Whitestone’s refusal to give his side a penalty “the worst decision I’ve ever seen” and claimed a child could do a better job.

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans.

Matt Derbyshire was denied a spot-kick when he went down under Rob Kiernan’s second-half challenge as the Millers sought an equaliser while 2-1 behind.

Referee Whitestone waved away his claims and goals by Robert Tesche and Clayton Donaldson proved enough for the hosts despite Derbyshire pulling one back.

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“It was the worst refereeing decision I’ve ever seen,” fumed Evans. “We have just seen the DVD. It is as nailed on as they come. It’s a penalty and a red card. If you don’t give them then you might as well give the game up.

“You might as well get a 12-year-old in who has Blue blood in his veins to come and referee. I’m not questioning the integrity of Dean Whitestone, I’m just saying he was atrocious – you can write that in capitals for the Football League.

“Certain people don’t want us in the Championship. We have a lot of respect for the people at Birmingham City but the place went silent when Matt went down, everyone knows we should have been given it.”

He added: “Every point is precious. If they go down to 10 men I think we beat them.”

Birmingham went in front in the 27th minute when Tesche found space just outside the box and after a one-two with Donaldson, side-footed coolly into the bottom-right corner.

It was 2-0 before the half was out as David Cotterill’s free-kick was only parried by Emiliano Martinez, allowing Donaldson to capitalise with a diving header. Rotherham gained a foothold early in the second half when goalkeeper Darren Randolph only palmed Lee Frecklington’s shot to Derbyshire, who tapped home.

Birmingham City: Randolph, Caddis, Morrison, Kiernan, Grounds, Tesche, Gleeson, Cotterill, Shinnie (Davis 82), Gray (Dyer 67), Donaldson. Unused substitutes: Fabbrini, Robinson, Thomas, Novak, Doyle.

Rotherham United: Martinez, Hunt, Morgan, Broadfoot, Lafferty, Wilson (Bowery 52), Frecklington, Smallwood (Yates 85), Pringle, Sammon (Newton 63), Derbyshire. Unused substitutes: Green, Milsom, Collin, Rowe.

Referee: D Whitestone (Northants).