Rotherham United manager Steve Evans believes Watford will secure promotion from the Championship this season

Evans says Hornets are top side who will secure promotion. Picture: Action Images

Evans says Hornets are top side who will secure promotion. Picture: Action Images

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Rotherham United boss Steve Evans believes Watford will win promotion this season but says the Hornets were outclassed and outplayed despite winning 2-0 against the Millers last night.

Goals from Lloyd Dyer and Gianni Munari secured victory for the Golden Boys at the New York Stadium but the visitors weren’t anywhere near their best.

Evans believes Watford’s Championship quality and experience paid dividends but was full of praise for his side.

He said: “It was tough to take because until they scored they’d been outclassed and outplayed. We were terrific against a top class side that I think will win promotion.

“We’ve given them a hiding but they’ve gone away with the points.”

Evans continued: “If you’ve got a goalkeeper like Heurelho Gomes, with his experience, then you’re going to have him making top saves. Then they’re bringing on players like Lloyd Dyer who has played in the Premier League.

“I’ve got nothing but respect for Beppe and his team but I think they’ll go back knowing it’s been a tough night for them.

“But they’ve got the points and they are a football club that conducts themselves properly - so we wish them well. It’s hard for me to say but, I’ll have a glass of wine, and lick my wounds.”

The Rotherham boss feels Watford are a better side than previous opponents Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County and reserved praise for Hornets midfielder Keith Andrews.

He explained: “I thought Keith Andrews was given the run around in the first half but, in the second half, I thought he was sensational.

“I don’t often say that about players but he was a Premier League player playing in the Championship in that second half.”

Evans was critical of referee David Webb and says the official “had a poor game” which included not awarding Watford a first-half penalty when Troy Deeney was brought down by Adam Collin.

“Let’s be honest, he has missed a lot,” Evans said. “Maybe Watford had a claim with Troy Deeney which, for me, looked a penalty.

“Troy Deeney doesn’t dive. I’ve watched the kid for years and know he doesn’t dive. But we should’ve had two penalties as well.

“But Watford have come, been clinical and got the points. So we’ll shake their hands.”

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1:10pm Wed 20 Aug 14

bushey tales says...

Hats off to the Big Old Unit - that's a fairly classy stance to adopt when you've just been mugged at home. One or two others in this division might usefully learn the lesson of maintaining a degree of dignity in defeat. (When is it we play Millwall?)
Hats off to the Big Old Unit - that's a fairly classy stance to adopt when you've just been mugged at home. One or two others in this division might usefully learn the lesson of maintaining a degree of dignity in defeat. (When is it we play Millwall?) bushey tales
  • Score: 64

1:23pm Wed 20 Aug 14

grahamwfc says...

bushey tales wrote:
Hats off to the Big Old Unit - that's a fairly classy stance to adopt when you've just been mugged at home. One or two others in this division might usefully learn the lesson of maintaining a degree of dignity in defeat. (When is it we play Millwall?)
Cannot help thinking his reason for saying what he did is, in the main, to big up his own players. If he says we were awful won't do his own players confidence much good having lost to us. Mr Evans knows how to play the mind games better than José me thinks.
[quote][p][bold]bushey tales[/bold] wrote: Hats off to the Big Old Unit - that's a fairly classy stance to adopt when you've just been mugged at home. One or two others in this division might usefully learn the lesson of maintaining a degree of dignity in defeat. (When is it we play Millwall?)[/p][/quote]Cannot help thinking his reason for saying what he did is, in the main, to big up his own players. If he says we were awful won't do his own players confidence much good having lost to us. Mr Evans knows how to play the mind games better than José me thinks. grahamwfc
  • Score: -4

1:28pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Nordin Wooter says...

Cracking comments from a manager who feels his team could have got more. Plenty of managers should take note from this.
Cracking comments from a manager who feels his team could have got more. Plenty of managers should take note from this. Nordin Wooter
  • Score: 34

1:33pm Wed 20 Aug 14

HornetJJ says...

I was never really a fan of Evans but he has come across very well. I wish a few more managers would take a leaf out of his book. Fair play!
I was never really a fan of Evans but he has come across very well. I wish a few more managers would take a leaf out of his book. Fair play! HornetJJ
  • Score: 20

2:14pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Bush Hornet says...

He seems like an honest bloke. Eats a few porky pies but doesn't speak them
He seems like an honest bloke. Eats a few porky pies but doesn't speak them Bush Hornet
  • Score: 19

2:27pm Wed 20 Aug 14

gloryhornet4 says...

He likes his football as much as he likes his food.

Let's be honest - Watford were awful for 3/4 of game bur RUFC are no class act worthy of giving any side a hiding bar Blackpool.
He likes his football as much as he likes his food. Let's be honest - Watford were awful for 3/4 of game bur RUFC are no class act worthy of giving any side a hiding bar Blackpool. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 5

2:54pm Wed 20 Aug 14

neilhorn says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
He likes his football as much as he likes his food.

Let's be honest - Watford were awful for 3/4 of game bur RUFC are no class act worthy of giving any side a hiding bar Blackpool.
decent comments, and for those of you that where questioning why we needed Andrews........ there's why. Because he knows the league and knows how to get results in this league, and his 2nd half performance went a long way to getting us the win we looked to have no chance of at half time
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: He likes his football as much as he likes his food. Let's be honest - Watford were awful for 3/4 of game bur RUFC are no class act worthy of giving any side a hiding bar Blackpool.[/p][/quote]decent comments, and for those of you that where questioning why we needed Andrews........ there's why. Because he knows the league and knows how to get results in this league, and his 2nd half performance went a long way to getting us the win we looked to have no chance of at half time neilhorn
  • Score: 13

3:43pm Wed 20 Aug 14

jasonwatford says...

Been around , know his PR , made his comments before the game saying about our strikers and we would go up , Therefore when he lost he says I told you so and if they won would have said we beat the best team in the league etc
Been around , know his PR , made his comments before the game saying about our strikers and we would go up , Therefore when he lost he says I told you so and if they won would have said we beat the best team in the league etc jasonwatford
  • Score: 5

3:46pm Wed 20 Aug 14

cliff46 says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
He likes his football as much as he likes his food.

Let's be honest - Watford were awful for 3/4 of game bur RUFC are no class act worthy of giving any side a hiding bar Blackpool.
"RUFC are no class act worthy of giving any side a hiding bar Blackpool."
No offence intended but I didn't understand that? Perhaps you like Blackpool or have I got it wrong?
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: He likes his football as much as he likes his food. Let's be honest - Watford were awful for 3/4 of game bur RUFC are no class act worthy of giving any side a hiding bar Blackpool.[/p][/quote]"RUFC are no class act worthy of giving any side a hiding bar Blackpool." No offence intended but I didn't understand that? Perhaps you like Blackpool or have I got it wrong? cliff46
  • Score: -1

4:00pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Bringe says...

Only one penalty? ... two at least and a host of bad challenges went unpunished. Still 3 points, mustn't grumble too much.
Only one penalty? ... two at least and a host of bad challenges went unpunished. Still 3 points, mustn't grumble too much. Bringe
  • Score: 3

4:25pm Wed 20 Aug 14

A.Ryzman says...

Honest and gracious in defeat. I wish all managers were like Steve Evans. I listened to the commentary of this match and it sounded as though Rotherham had the majority of the chances but you have to take them at this level and Watford fortunately took advantage.
Honest and gracious in defeat. I wish all managers were like Steve Evans. I listened to the commentary of this match and it sounded as though Rotherham had the majority of the chances but you have to take them at this level and Watford fortunately took advantage. A.Ryzman
  • Score: 7

4:37pm Wed 20 Aug 14

bigdave8 says...

Last year we would have lost this game..... a team that wins the league plays badly of a tuesday night ands wins any way it can . too many changes for me. but with playing for 10 men for so long sat i understand . get off beppe's back ! give him a chance
Last year we would have lost this game..... a team that wins the league plays badly of a tuesday night ands wins any way it can . too many changes for me. but with playing for 10 men for so long sat i understand . get off beppe's back ! give him a chance bigdave8
  • Score: 16

4:39pm Wed 20 Aug 14

andyhooked says...

If we have had the 2 pens it may have been an even better result but listening to the commentary we were poor in the first half and just managed a win that breaks the away hoodoo.. We have a reasonable lot of games coming up and Charlton away may not be easy. Need to get max. points fromthe rest before the end of September.
If we have had the 2 pens it may have been an even better result but listening to the commentary we were poor in the first half and just managed a win that breaks the away hoodoo.. We have a reasonable lot of games coming up and Charlton away may not be easy. Need to get max. points fromthe rest before the end of September. andyhooked
  • Score: -1

5:13pm Wed 20 Aug 14

gloryhornet4 says...

cliff46 wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
He likes his football as much as he likes his food.

Let's be honest - Watford were awful for 3/4 of game bur RUFC are no class act worthy of giving any side a hiding bar Blackpool.
"RUFC are no class act worthy of giving any side a hiding bar Blackpool."
No offence intended but I didn't understand that? Perhaps you like Blackpool or have I got it wrong?
Cliff sir, look at the table - look at their squad.
[quote][p][bold]cliff46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: He likes his football as much as he likes his food. Let's be honest - Watford were awful for 3/4 of game bur RUFC are no class act worthy of giving any side a hiding bar Blackpool.[/p][/quote]"RUFC are no class act worthy of giving any side a hiding bar Blackpool." No offence intended but I didn't understand that? Perhaps you like Blackpool or have I got it wrong?[/p][/quote]Cliff sir, look at the table - look at their squad. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 3

5:20pm Wed 20 Aug 14

croxley46 says...

Methinks Steve Evans is after Beppe's job if he gets the hook ....
Methinks Steve Evans is after Beppe's job if he gets the hook .... croxley46
  • Score: -2

6:42pm Wed 20 Aug 14

chadderton orn says...

I like steve evans nice honest bloke, unlike kieth hill when he was at barnsley what a miserable sod he was after the match in an interview .
I like steve evans nice honest bloke, unlike kieth hill when he was at barnsley what a miserable sod he was after the match in an interview . chadderton orn
  • Score: 2

6:51pm Wed 20 Aug 14

stiffler99 says...

Funnily enough the Rotherham fans I was talking to said that whilst they appreciate what the guy has done for their team (ie promotion ) they can't actually stand him!
Funnily enough the Rotherham fans I was talking to said that whilst they appreciate what the guy has done for their team (ie promotion ) they can't actually stand him! stiffler99
  • Score: 2

10:57pm Fri 22 Aug 14

straightnochaser says...

Laughing out loud at the muppets calling Evans honest and demonstrating their wilful ignorance of anything that Sky Sports doesn't tell them about English professional football. Just saying, like...
Laughing out loud at the muppets calling Evans honest and demonstrating their wilful ignorance of anything that Sky Sports doesn't tell them about English professional football. Just saying, like... straightnochaser
  • Score: 0

1:57pm Sat 23 Aug 14

bushey tales says...

straightnochaser wrote:
Laughing out loud at the muppets calling Evans honest and demonstrating their wilful ignorance of anything that Sky Sports doesn't tell them about English professional football. Just saying, like...
I think you'll find most people on here are well aware of his dreadful personal history, starting with the appalling goings-on at Boston United all those years ago. But however loathsome an individual he may be (or, being charitable, may have been), you have to acknowledge he handled Tuesday's defeat in a mature and dignified manner. That's all - I wasn't suggesting I wanted to take a camping holiday with him, just that I found his post-match behaviour surprisingly measured.
[quote][p][bold]straightnochaser[/bold] wrote: Laughing out loud at the muppets calling Evans honest and demonstrating their wilful ignorance of anything that Sky Sports doesn't tell them about English professional football. Just saying, like...[/p][/quote]I think you'll find most people on here are well aware of his dreadful personal history, starting with the appalling goings-on at Boston United all those years ago. But however loathsome an individual he may be (or, being charitable, may have been), you have to acknowledge he handled Tuesday's defeat in a mature and dignified manner. That's all - I wasn't suggesting I wanted to take a camping holiday with him, just that I found his post-match behaviour surprisingly measured. bushey tales
  • Score: 0
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