Steve Evans hailed the battling qualities of his Rotherham team after second-half goals from Kayode Odejayi and Lee Frecklington set up a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers.

The Millers manager was full of praise for opposite number John Ward, whose first nine game in charge of the home side had produced six wins and two draws.

But Evans rightly felt Rotherham shaded a tight contest after Odejayi and Frecklington struck within the space of two minutes to put them in control with Joe Anyinsah replying for Rovers nine minutes from time.

"We feel that if we match the effort of opponents we have the quality to beat them and that is what happened," said Evans. "John Ward has done an unbelievable job in recent weeks and we knew if we let Rovers get ahead their confidence would be boosted further.

"But we defended well throughout and took our goals well. I thought we should have had a couple in the first half because the chances were there.

"Rovers scored a great goal, but apart from that our goalkeeper barely had a save to make. To be honest I thought they would cause us more problems than they did."

Ward was far from downhearted, though, and said: "It was another positive display. We came up against a very good Rotherham side.

"The way the players and the fans responded to going two goals down was tremendous and typical of Bristol Rovers.

"We lost Fabian Broghammer to a tight hamstring and Ryan Brunt with a knee problem. I'm not sure yet how serious those injuries are.

"But we showed what we are about after the Rotherham goals and will not be letting our heads drop after the good run we were on going into the game."