Crawley Town suffered their first defeat in their League one campaign this year as they fell victim to former boss Steve Evans' side, who beat the Reds 2-1.

It was a rather cold day at the Broadfield and as the teams came out the rain began to fall too. But it was hard to miss the standing ovation that Crawley fans gave to former boss Steve Evans as he walked out of the tunnel.

The game started off with rather much end-to-end style football with neither team being the more dominant side. No shots tested either keeper in the opening 10 minutes as very few shots were taken.

However in the 14th minute Matt Sadler whipped in a free kick from a good 30 yards out which wrong-footed former Reds' keeper Scott Shearer as the bounce helped the ball into the net.

The game settled back into the end-to-end football that had been seen earlier in the half, but it was until 10 minutes later that Crawley were given a wake up call. Paul Jones punched a cross straight to Michael O'Connor who latched a shot heading for the far corner but the body of Sadler was there to turn it behind for a corner.

A few minutes later Crawley could have extended their lead as a surging run along the right flank allowed Nicky Adams to curl a perfectly weighted ball to the head of Jamie Proctor who's attempt only just missed the goal.

Rotherham showed signs of equalizing too; a Ben Pringle inswinging free kick was only just turned wide by the head of Alex Revell.

Crawley were punished for their defensive lapses from a corner a few minutes later. The corner was headed back across goal to the near post where Kieran Agard was waiting to head home from 6 yards out. The keeper was left with no chance.

The Reds had the ball in the back of the net again two minutes later as a free kick awarded just on the edge of the box was taken quickly by Andy Drury, but the midfielder was cautioned and the goal ruled out as he took the set piece before the Referee had indicated. The retake was deflected by the wall for a corner.

The Millers could have gone into the break with the lead but Crawley can send their thanks to keeper Jones who denied Revell. The forward headed the ball into the ground from six yards out but the fingertips of Jones pushed it over for a corner. A fine save from the keeper.

Jones was called into action again in the second half as a rising shot, just outside the box from Ben Pringle had the keeper at full stretch. But the keeper managed to direct the ball out for a corner.

Former Reds' star Matt Tubbs was denied further time to get on the score sheet against his old club as he was replaced by David Worrall who would prove key a few minutes later.

On the 75th minute winger Worrall put the Millers into the lead with an outstanding shot from just inside the box. The forward unleashed an accurately placed outside-foot shot into the bottom right corner of the goal; leaving Jones with no chance of reaching it.

Jones had been playing very well all game, but he could do anything about the goal, as Rotherham took a deserved lead.

The Reds failed to get a firm grip back on the game, let alone threaten the score line, as their work in the final third was lacking in intent and quality.

Just into added time Rotherham had the ball in the back of the net again, but to the delight of the Crawley fans, who remained til the end, it was ruled off side.

The defeat gives manager Richie Barker a lot to think over before Crawley face Wolves at Molineux, for arguably the Sussex sides' biggest game in the League.

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