Leeds United 2 Rotherham United 0: Evans proud of FA Cup “glee”

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Leeds Unted boss Steve Evans was gleeful after his side booked their FA Cup fourth-round ticket with a 2-0 win over former club Rotherham.

Evans, who left the Millers in September, watched on as a stunning goal from Mustapha Carayol and a last-minute Souleymane Doukara effort booked Leeds’ place in the next round.



It was a sweet moment of revenge, having lost out against his former club in the league meeting at Elland Road in November, but he took no pleasure out of it and the success extends United’s unbeaten run to eight games.

“The boys have worked really hard, we were disappointed with last week but I thought in parts we played really well,” he said. “We were able to leave a few out and still had enough to get over the line.

“There’s a lot of glee and pride and I’m head coach of Leeds United but I didn’t want to knock out a club that I gave my life to for three years.

“I am pleased with all of my players today, it was a difficult pitch to play football on.

“I was very down for two or three days after that loss, but I am down if anyone beats me.

“There was always going to be one loser today between myself and (Millers chairman) Tony Stewart. But I was very respectful when they beat us the other week and I would expect a courteous text off him when I open my phone.”

Evans, who has history of FA Cup success having taken non-league Crawley to the fifth round, is keen for another cup run.

“I’d like a home tie, whoever it is,” he said. “Everyone would want the lowest ranked team at home to come and have a payday and we see them off or one of the big giants of English football to come play another giant in one of those days that I am here to experience.

“That would be my preferred choice.”

The Millers matched Leeds for the majority of the game but were undone by their inability to create any clear-cut chances.

And boss Neil Redfearn knows that was the difference between the two sides as the Millers’ wait to get past the third round goes on to a 15th year.

“The first goal came in Leeds’ best spell in the first half,” he said. “Up until then I would say we were the better side but we didn’t create enough.

“The first goal is a fantastic strike. Sometimes you have just got to hold your hands up.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t create more in their box, but we have come to Leeds twice and there has been very little between the sides, which for us to come to a big club and compete is good for us.

“I’m disappointed with the result but not the performance. We competed well. We just didn’t have enough cutting edge to get our noses in front.

“Two-nil flatters them probably. I’d say Leeds deserve to go through but now we’ve got to move on.

“I was pleased with the way we applied ourselves.”