Evans defends controversial actions against Wednesday

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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans caused controversy against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has defended his controversial celebration in his side's game against Sheffield Wednesday in the Sheffield Telegraph.

Evans was spotted sprinting on to the pitch after Rotherham's Jordan Bowery scored a late goal which put them 2-1 up in the match.

It was to prove costly, as Kieran Lee said in the Sheffield Star that the celebration inspired Wednesday to keep fighting to stay in the match and they did so, ending up 3-2 winners thanks to two stoppage time goals.

It has led to Evans receiving criticism, but the boisterous boss refused to accept that he was disrespectful - stating that Wednesday had done the same when they scored their eventual winner.

"It gets noted that I was on the pitch, but there are about 17 staff at Wednesday and they were all on the pitch when their third goal went in,” he said. “That’s the emotion of the game, isn’t it?"

It is understandable that members of both sides' coaching staff may have got a little carried away on Saturday, as the match was one of the most dramatic in recent memory.

Four goals were scored after the 85th minute and it will be a long time until either team has to endure such a range of emotions in a match once again. 

The win was important for Wednesday, but it puts Rotherham in big trouble - as the Millers are now only five points above the relegation zone, with Wigan Athletic rapidly closing the gap. 

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