Charlton 1 Rotherham 1: Evans believes Millers deserved to win

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Graphic by Graeme Bandeira.
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Both managers felts their side deserved to win after Rotherham United were held 1-1 by Charlton Athletic in the Championship.

Charlton manager Guy Luzon believed his side deserved all three points as Rotherham claimed a 1-1 draw at The Valley.

A Farrend Rawson effort for Rotherham was cancelled out by a Patrick Bauer poke to give the visitors only their second point of the season.

“Of course we should have won, we had 21 shots on the target, it’s enough to win this game,” said Luzon.

“The corner they scored from was controversial, I think it wasn’t a corner, and it was a lack of concentration for us but we tried to play positive football and create something.

“Rotherham came here to waste time, to play only long ball, they didn’t have any target to win the game and only wanted a maximum of one point.”

Rotherham shotstopper Lee Camp was called into action after eight minutes, when he had to palm away an effort from Jordan Cousins from 11 yards out, after the midfielder was able to work his way past two defenders.

Cousins was denied yet again from Camp, this time after 15 minutes, when his shot from a headed pass by Tony Watt was tipped over the bar with a one-handed save.

The visitors took the lead after 38 minutes, but not without a degree of controversy.

Referee Keith Stroud awarded a corner despite a free-kick appearing to come off a Rotherham player. The visible anger of the home fans was compounded further when Rawson came in unmarked at the far post to slot home from close range.

A Tony Andreu header was foiled by a spectacular point blank save from Nick Pope from just six yards out on the hour mark.

The frustration from Charlton players and supporters alike was finally overcame on 65 minutes, when substitute Simon Makienok was able to cross the ball in from an acute angle, for Bauer to turn home from three yards out.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans felt his side were good value for their second point of the campaign, as they planned to stay down in the south east for Brighton on Tuesday.

“Charlton had a lot of the ball, but they didn’t really create many opportunities, so I think we were good value,” he said.

“I said to my players at the end, a draw would have been fair if you had been a neutral in the stadium.

“But we’ve not been getting the breaks, and we have to go and get something at Brighton.”

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