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.”