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Evans curses Miller sinners

Steve Evans believes two 'cardinal sins' in their 2-1 loss to Rochdale cost Rotherham a place in the third round of the FA Cup.

Lee Frecklington gave Rotherham the lead after five minutes, but Rochdale's revival started 10 minutes after the break when Michael Lund chested home Michael Rose's cross from just a yard out.

And when Rotherham were reduced to 10 men with 17 minutes to go after Michael Tidser collected his second yellow card, Rochdale took full advantage with Peter Vincenti grabbing the winner with seven minutes left from fellow substitute Joe Bunney's cross.

Evans said: "We should have been three up at the break with a couple more good chances, but in the second half we were trying to find a bit of play. A few players had an off day, but then we made a couple of cardinal sins for the goals.

"But the game-changing moment came when Michael Tidser got sent off. The opinions of the supporters say what they thought about the official's decisions. If I was Keith Hill I would be ecstatic with the referee's decisions.

"We never played well, but we shouldn't be out of the cup. Some of my players who never say anything about officials were very upset by the decisions, but we will make our remarks to the appropriate people in charge.

"If any player turner up and performed like that he wouldn't be in the team next week."