Evans backs Shearer after gaffe
Shearer came out of his goal in the third minute to cut-out a
long ball from Sam Togwell but slipped on the wet turf which
allowed Drew Talbot to cross for Jordan Bowery to side-foot the
ball into an empty net.
It was a nightmare start but Rotherham hit back and deservedly
drew level in the 51st minute when Kayode Odejayi turned superbly
to beat home keeper Tommy Lee with a right-foot drive from just
inside the area.
Evans thought his team deserved at least a point and was quick
to hand some of the credit to Shearer.
“It was a freak goal but the pleasing thing for me is the big
fellow doesn’t let his head go down if he makes a mistake,” said
Evans. “I thought his handling after that was excellent and he made
a couple of good blocks at the near post. Those conditions were
treacherous for a goalkeeper for 20 minutes of the first half.
“I thought we got the worst possible start but I thought we
regrouped and we dominated for spells. If you are going to wilt and
think the world’s against you it’s going to be in the first two
minutes but there was one team wanting to go another five minutes
and that was us.”