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Evans critical of top-flight refs

Rotherham boss Steve Evans only wants Football League referees in charge of his team's games.

The Millers saw Premier League official Mike Dean take charge of their clash at Sheffield United on Tuesday and Evans was incensed after Dean awarded a decisive last-minute penalty to the Blades following Craig Morgan's tussle with Harry Maguire.

Ben Davies converted the spot-kick and sent the Millers to a first defeat since New Year's Day, which all-but consigns them to the play-offs.

Dean's controversial decision comes after the Millers also felt hard done to earlier in the season by fellow top-flight officials Robert Madley and Michael Oliver, who also awarded penalties to the opposition and in Madley's case sent Evans to the stands.

And the Scot would prefer it if his side do not get any more Premier League refs.

"We have got a big-match referee that told me when he looks back at the DVD he will think it was a penalty, regardless of what he saw," Evans said.

"There is no point in us talking to them. You expect that a Premier League referee has got it right, but it was a horrendous decision.

"It's disappointing because I have seen him referee in the Premier League and he has been good. A few people at that level have told me differently, but I thought he would be good.

"Why don't they keep the Premier League refs in the Premier League, we said it earlier in the season. It's not good is it?

"When we are fighting for promotion like we are we don't want Premier League officials, just give us the guys that referee us every week.

"We feel particularly robbed because that took our chances of fighting for something in the final few weeks of the season away."