Evans hails Rotherham attitude

  • Last Updated: May 26 2014, 12:50 BST

Steve Evans hailed Rotherham's never-say-die attitude following their 4-3 shootout win over Leyton Orient in the play-off final.

League One play-off final highlights
League One play-off final highlights

The Millers boss was elated after his side came back from 2-0 down at half-time against Orient to win the League One play-off final 4-3 on penalties at Wembley on Sunday.

Alex Revell scored twice against his former club, the second a stunning long-range effort which sent portly Evans haring down the wing towards the Rotherham fans.

He had to adjust his trousers for the stroll back but, just like Evans' belt, Rotherham's players did not break under pressure and went on to win a nerve-jangling penalty shootout 4-3.

And afterwards he revealed: "If we'd been two goals clear on 90 minutes, I'd have jumped in with the crowd.

"It was partially relief, partially celebrating a stunning goal and partially knowing we were back in the cup tie."

Those Millers supporters who had a lucky escape were soon in dreamland after Adam Collin saved from Mathieu Baudry and Chris Dagnall in the shootout.

Moses Odubajo had fired Orient in front after 34 minutes with a superb volley from the edge of the penalty area and the Londoners seemed in total control five minutes later when Dean Cox tapped in Odubajo's low cross.

But Evans half-time rallying cry did the trick as Rotherham pulled one back after 54 minutes when O's keeper Jamie Jones missed Ben Pringle's cross and Revell rolled the ball into the net.

And Revell hauled his side level with a truly memorable strike on the hour mark, a cracking lob on the volley from 30 yards over the stranded Jones.

"All season, the boys have continued to fight in adversity," added Evans, whose side were also promoted from League Two last season.

"At half-time, my assistant manager said the players were going to need me to dig them out of the trenches and put them top of the mountain.

"I just spoke to them about what it means to them, to the mums, dads, children and when you're a granddad and what it would mean when you're looking back. You have to have the desire, fight and hunger."