Evans backs Shearer after gaffe

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Rotherham manager Steve Evans praised his goalkeeper Scott Shearer following the 1-1 draw at local rivals Chesterfield, despite his mistake handing the Spireites an early lead at the Proact Stadium.

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 said: "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.

"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."

Chesterfield assistant manager Tommy Wright thought his team should have been awarded a penalty in stoppage time when Jack Lester appeared to have a shot blocked by the arm of Rotherham skipper Ian Sharps.

"I thought we had a definite penalty at the end," he said. "I would like to see it again but my first thought was the lad blocked it on the line with his arm in the air.

"It was a typical derby game and I thought overall it was a fair result. Rotherham are a good side and they put us under a bit of pressure at times but for the last 20 minutes I thought Jordan Bowery started to get the better of them in the air and physically.

"We are disappointed (with Rotherham's goal). We thought Sam (Hird) got a bit too tight to Odejayi, who is a strong and powerful lad, and once he got into his stride I don't think anyone was going to get at him and he finished it well. But Sam knows he got too tight and I'm sure it won't happen again."

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