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Skarz leaves Millers

Defender Joe Skarz has left Rotherham United by mutual consent.

Joe Skarz Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old made 78 appearances for Rotherham over three seasons, playing a key role in Millers’ sides which reached League One in 2013 and achieved promotion to the Championship last season.

Skarz joined Rotherham from Bury 2013 on a free transfer after impressing on loan.


Rotherham's Revell ensures first win in 10 for Millers

Goals from Tom Lawrence and Alex Revell earned Rotherham their first win in 10 matches to pile the misery on fellow strugglers Wigan in the Championship.

Alex Revell scored the Millers winner Credit: Press Association

The 2-1 result now leaves Wigan - one of the pre-season favourites for

promotion - six points adrift of safety, extending their miserable run to one

win in 17 matches.

Lawrence scored the opener for Steve Evans' Rotherham after a dreadful mistake by Andrew Taylor.

Wigan levelled just after the hour mark when Ben Watson headed home James McClean's corner.

But the visitors picked themselves off the canvas and regained the lead within a minute, Revell heading past Scott Carson from close range.

Credit must be given to the home side for the way they stuck at it, but they were denied a late leveller when Oriol Riera's header came back off the crossbar.

Wigan were first out of the blocks, and Callum McManaman skipped past three defenders before seeing his shot well saved by Adam Collin.

A short corner by the home side presented Watson with a shooting opportunity, but his effort was deflected into the path of Emmerson Boyce, who could only head wide.

Having soaked up a bit of pressure, the visitors then started showing themselves as an attacking threat.

Revell's shot was well parried by Carson, before Emmanuel Ledesma dragged his effort well wide of the mark.

A poor backpass from James Perch almost let in Revell, with only smart footwork by Carson saving his side.

Watson should have opened the scoring for Wigan but blazed high and wide from inside the area.

But Rotherham gradually took a hold on proceedings and started asking the more probing questions.

Leon Barnett was at full stretch to cut out a cross from Ben Pringle, and it took a fabulous block from James Perch to snuff out a swift breakaway led by Lawrence and Ledesma.

Revell forced another save from Carson, before the Millers did take the lead five minutes before half-time.

Taylor's error allowed Lawrence to run in on goal, and the young forward finished coolly past Carson.

Rotherham started the second half where they had left off in the first, and Barnett was again required to cut out the danger posed by Lawrence.

Wigan made a double change either side of the hour mark, throwing on strikers Marc-Antoine Fortune and Riera for Shaun Maloney and Don Cowie.

And the home side found an equaliser within seconds of the second switch, McClean's corner being headed home by Watson at the near post.

With nearly 30 minutes to go, the home crowd urged their men on in search of a vital win at the foot of the table. But those plans were immediately nipped in the bud when the Millers regained the advantage within a minute.

Barnett was penalised 30 yards from goal, and Ledesma's deep free-kick was nodded into the net by Revell.

Wigan's attempts at a second leveller were thwarted when Fortune fired over the top from a great position.

And the home side knew the game was up when McManaman's cross from the right was headed against the bar by Riera in the closing stages.


Rotherham boss Evans praises on-loan Lawrence after Cardiff stalemate

Rotherham manager Steve Evans has backed on-loan midfielder Tom Lawrence to play a vital role for Leicester in the Premier League this season.

Steve Evans Credit: Press Association

The 20-year-old joined the Millers on a one month loan from Nigel Pearson's side last month and was the shining light in a dull 0-0 draw at Cardiff on Saturday.

And Evans reckons the young Welshman will be a key part of the Foxes' bid to stay in the Premier League this season.

He said: "Tom's a real smashing talent, in the first half he was unplayable.

"The boys at Cardiff had a real problem with him, he was popping up everywhere on the pitch and hurting them with his quality on the ball.

"Nigel Pearson might be saying in January that he is a big part of what they are trying to do because he showed today he should be playing a level above."

Rotherham were unlucky to extend their run without a win to eight matches as they had the better chances in the Cardiff City Stadium stalemate.

Evans' side could have found themselves leading at the break if it was not for some desperate Bluebirds' defending to stop Paul Green stabbing home amid a goal-mouth scramble.

Federico Macheda had the best chance to fire the hosts even closer to the play-off places but Adam Collin in the Rotherham goal did just enough to keep the scores level.

He then sparked a counter attack which saw Alex Revell's header tipped onto the bar, but the Championship strugglers once again lacked the cutting edge to get their first away win since August.

Evans said: "We did more than work hard. We played some super football, our passing and moving was exceptional.

"This is a big football club with great traditions who have just dropped down from the Premier League but I think we out-worked them and out-passed them and out-moved them today.

"We go away on the coach disappointed that we haven't come away with a victory because the performance and the chances we created deserved that."

Evans disappointed with Rotherham draw

Rotherham manager Steve Evans believed his side deserved to beat Blackpool by a 'country distance' before Adam Collin's mistake handed Blackpool a 1-1 draw.

Steve Evans Credit: Press Association

Substitute Steve Davies capitalised on goalkeper Collin's huge misjudgement to tap in a leveller with just five minutes to go.

Jordan Bowery had come off the bench himself to put Rotherham ahead on 78 minutes but Collin's error cost them the three points in the basement battle.

Rotherham exited the relegation places but Evans claimed that they should have won the game against the league's bottom team.

Of the calamitous goal, Evans was critical of his captain Craig Morgan as well as the keeper.

He said: "It's just a hoof, Craig slips and then Adam comes out. A 10-year-old should deal with it. He's a lovely kid but I don't want lovely kids, I want winners. He should hit it away, it's a huge error.

"The ball shouldn't get to him because our captain should deal with it. He slipped last week which led to a Birmingham goal and he slipped today so we've told him to sort his footwear out.

"Blackpool were never going to score. I don't think they had a chance from open play in the first half.

"In the first 25 minutes we blew them away. I think it's the most exciting I've seen us play and we just didn't get the goal. If the goal would have come we could have laid them to bed by half time - I think we were that good.

"By a country distance we deserved to win but if you make cardinal sins you get punished."

Evans slams Millers display

Rotherham Manager Steve Evans slammed his players after their 1-0 defeat to Birmingham in the Championship.

Rotherham Manager Steve Evans Credit: Press Association

Evans believed the performance was not good enough for the Championship and had no praise for any of his players.

"It looked like two poor teams out there," said Evans.

"I think it was the poorest performance from us that I can remember for a while. If that's our performance levels it's not going to be good enough for this league that's for sure.

"We look at ourselves and it was disjointed. The central defensive pairing have been a rock to what we have achieved in the last couple of years but today it looked today that neither of them had ever played football.

"We will go back on the training ground tomorrow and work hard and if people think we are going to give up what we fought for last year then there is no chance of this."

Evans said that some players would be "disgusted" with their showing.

He added: "We have got very honest staff and there are some individuals there who would be disgusted by their performance because they are normally very good for us.

"We will analyse some of it, train and get ready for next week. That's all we can do."

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