Published: 18:00, 02 November 2019
| Updated: 08:35, 03 November 2019
Gillingham boss Steve Evans disputed comments that his team were rubbish against Rotherham.
The Gills were beaten 3-0 but the stats suggest the game was more even than that.
With 10-shots apiece and the Gills edging the possession, Evans certainly felt his team were better than the way it finished.
“I think it’s a harsh scoreline,” he said.
“I am coming off to one or two comments saying we were rubbish, but we weren’t rubbish.
“We had possession for long periods in the first half against the wind and then it was total domination in the second half, territorially.
“We made big chances at key times but we never took our chances whereas they were ruthless. The boy Matt Crooks gets the lob (for 2-0) and scores at the other end as well. That is what big money attracts, it attracts big players.”
The big moment in the game for Evans was when Regan Charles-Cook was flagged for offside when he was played in on goal, the ball coming off a visiting defender.
Soon afterwards Rotherham took the lead.
Evans said: “The turning point is the referee getting a huge decision wrong. If we go one infront it is a different game.”
Gills keeper Jack Bonham saved an early penalty before the visitors had their opener and it was a mix-up between him and Connor Ogilvie that led to it.
Evans said: “It shouldn’t happen but it happens at all levels of the game and then Crook scores with a great finish. We are on the backfoot.
“Second half we are camped in their half and we had a number of good half opportunities, we certainly made a good chance for Alex Jakubiak and he could have scored and another one for Mark Byrne but their third goal we were throwing caution to the wind, playing with four or five upfront to try and salvage something.
“I am not going to apportion blame to anyone and we will get back on the training ground and work hard.”
While Evans was upset about the Charles-Cook incident, he was also frustrated that the Gills didn’t get another big decision go their way, when Brandon Hanlan went down when through on goal.
Asked for his opinion, Evans commented: “Brandon said it was a foul. All of the players said it was a foul.
“I think the referee is a poor one and he was poor on Saturday. I have watched him a number of times, neutrally as well. I don’t question his integrity and honesty, but I think ‘how is that not a red card?’ It has to be.
“It was a big moment in the game but he doesn’t give it. The referee got one or two things wrong, he didn’t give us a lot, but he can’t be blamed for the defending of the first two goals. “
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