Leeds United boss Steve Evans opens up on what Rotherham United boys told him in the tunnel at the New York Stadium.
Quoted by The Yorkshire Post, Leeds United boss Steve Evans revealed that even Rotherham United players were shocked with their 2-1 win over the Whites at the New York Stadium on Saturday.
Lee Frecklington had fired the hosts into a 1-0 half-time lead, before Matt Derbyshire's red card on 61 minutes handed Leeds fresh impetus on the comeback trail.
Evans's boys found the all-important equaliser with 11 minutes to go through Luke Murphy, as the visitors then sought a dramatic.
However, a red card for goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, after a glaring error by right-back Giuseppe Bellusci, saw Rotherham handed a penalty on 89 minutes, which Greg Halford slotted to snatch all three points and deny the Scottish manager a result on his return to the Millers.
“I wanted to come back and win. For a long time, I thought that was going to happen. Not for one minute in that last 25 minutes did Rotherham think they would get a goal," the Scot is quoted as saying by the Yorkshire Post.
“But we made a mistake and got punished. Three or four of the Rotherham lads, who will remain nameless, met me at the top of the tunnel and said, ‘How have we won that?’ That is their opinion.”
Defeat, especially the manner of it, was a crushing blow for Evans, who two weeks previous had seen his troops humbled 4-1 at by Huddersfield Town in another derby-day disappointment for the Yorkshire side.
They remain 10 points clear of the relegation zone, 14th in the Championship.