Football - Evans: Ref had a 'shocker'

Rotherham manager Steve Evans felt referee Michael Oliver got three controversial decisions wrong during his side's 3-3 draw with Wolves - denying the Millers t wo penalties and awarding one to Wanderers.

Football - Evans: Ref had a 'shocker'
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Referee Michael Oliver was heavily criticised by Rotherham manager Steve Evans

Danny Batth got the visitors off to a great start with a diving header after 10 minutes, but Nouha Dicko immediately scored an equaliser.

Kieran Agard headed Rotherham into the lead after 37 minutes from Ben Pringle's cross and Evans' men went further ahead through Dicko's second goal of the game early in the second half.

But Oliver threw Wolves a lifeline just before the hour mark with a controversial penalty decision, and Bakery Sako netted the spot-kick.

And Wanderers took full advantage, with James Henry running through the heart of the home defence after 64 minutes and firing past goalkeeper Adam Collin.

"There were three real penalty claims in the game," said Evans, "One after two minutes which I have just looked at again and it was a stonewall penalty.

"I have just looked at the Wolves penalty and it is not a hand ball, and then there was a challenge in the box on Claude Davies which again was not given.

"I was delighted with the effort and the energy, but it all changes when the referee gives Wolves a penalty. I am not questioning the integrity of Michael Oliver, but I think he has had a shocker. There were three big decisions and the big referees should get the big decisions right.

"There was no reaction from the Wolves players, the Wolves management or the Wolves supporters. Everyone in the Wolves scenario was as surprised as we were. I have just asked (Wolves boss) Kenny Jackett if we would have got that at Molyneux and his reaction was 'well I didn't give it'.

"At 3-1 Wolves were dead and buried, but would we have got that penalty at Molyneux - not a chance.``

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett thought his side did "very well."

He went on: "Both sides set out to attack from start to finish and there were some terrific goals.

``We did very well, I always thought we were in the game and at 3-1 down we got our game going right. I think we can score and be a threat constantly and going into the final 10 or 15 minutes we were looking for a winner not settling for a point.

"I was very pleased with the attitude and the character. We came back and got what looks to be a very good point away from home.

"We did very well and we dug deep at a tough place that was buzzing with a terrific atmosphere. It certainly was a big game for Rotherham and you could see it. The atmosphere was electric and the players were up for it.

"But we matched that and I didn't think we were ever out of the game. We've got two games at home now and we want to capitalise on that.``

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