Evans ecstatic after promotion

  • Last Updated: May 25 2014, 19:41 BST

Steve Evans hailed an "incredible" achievement after Rotherham beat Leyton Orient on penalties to earn promotion to the Championship.

Evans ecstatic after promotion

Rotherham trailed 2-0 at half-time in the Sky Bet League 1 play-off final but they fought back to draw 2-2 thanks to a brace of goals from Alex Revell.

Adam Collin then saved two penalties in the shoot-out to secure Rotherham's place in the second tier and leave manager Evans overjoyed.

"If somebody phones me tonight and says I've won the lottery, this is better," he told Sky Sports.

"We were dead and buried at half-time and I had to rally them, but these guys rallied like they have done since the start of the season.

"It is incredible. We had a belief that we've had since the start of the season.

"We know we're not the world's best. We couldn't catch the champions (Wolves), who were deserved champions, and we couldn't catch Brentford, who deserved to go up, but we've beaten a magnificent side in Leyton Orient.

"At half-time we were hanging on and I only wanted it to be two at half-time because I knew if it was two I could revive them, and we did."

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  • Rotherham fans pose for a photo ahead of the play-off final
  • Leyton Orient fans make their way to the stadium
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  • James Tavernier of Rotherham gets away from Romain Vincelot
  • Leyton Orient's Moses Odubajo celebrates after opening the scoring
  • Odubajo's wonderful strike gave Orient the lead
  • The Orient fans are sent into raptures after Dean Cox doubles their lead before the break
  • Alex Revell brings Rotherham back into it with a scrambled goal...
  • ...before unleashing a stunning strike to make it 2-2
  • Revell wheels away in celebration after scoring his second goal of the game
  • Rotherham United manager Steve Evans urges his side forward
  • Orient's Kevin Lisbie reacts after being brought down
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  • Collin is mobbed by team-mates after saving the decisive spot-kick
  • Rotherham players celebrate with the play-off trophy
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Evans reserved special praise for goalkeeper Collin, who joined the club last summer, and Revell, whose second goal was a fantastic strike from distance.

Joined on the pitch by the duo, Evans said: "He's got the goal of the season and he (Collin) has been a magnificent signing."

Collin played down his part in Rotherham's success and preferred to pay tribute to man-of-the-match Revell.

The keeper said: "I've done my bit in the shoot-out but Alex is the hero with two great goals.

"It's a great feeling and I can't put it into words really. We are in the Championship and I am over the moon."

Revell could not contain his delight after inspiring Rotherham to promotion.

He said: "It is a just a dream come true. To play out here and get two goals, in front of this crowd, is unbelievable.

"We have worked so hard to get where we are and we're in the championship. What an amazing feeling."