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Other shocking, awful, woeful, disgraceful decisions against the Millers

With Rotherham boss Steve Evans describing the decision to send Jordan Bowery off in Saturday's 3-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough as "absolutely shocking, awful, woeful, disgraceful, abject", it's fair to say the Scot was unhappy with referee Mick Russell.

Evans moaning about a referee's decision in the wake of a defeat is not a new concept, but video evidence suggests his description of the dismissal was not just sour grapes.

The Millers, as with any team, have been on the end of some shocking decisions over the years, so here's a quick look at three of the best, or worst, of them over the last 15 years.

Christian Negouai's hand of god -  Manchester City  2 Rotherham 1 (24/11/2001)

Rotherham were up against it enough in Division One in the 2001/02 season going to the likes of Manchester City, without being cheated in the manner they were at Maine Road.

Threatening to bust a country's coupon, Ronnie Moore's men were holding their own against City, who ended up being runaway champions, and went ahead through Chris Swailes' header midway through the first half.

It looked as if they would hold on until half-time until Negouai got involved. 

After a corner was cleared, a second delivery came back in and as goalkeeper Mike Pollitt came to punch it, Negouai outrageously led with an outstretched arm and punched the ball into the net.

The Millers went crazy, with Rob Scott getting a yellow card for his protests, but the goal stood and it gave City all of the momentum going into the second half. 

But the Millers stood firm and put in a fine display, until they were undone in the 88th minute when Ali Bernabia's 20-yard shot was deflected and looped past Pollitt to break their hearts.

Christian Negouai did he best impression of Maradona in 2001

Pollitt's unjust red - Derby County 3 Rotherham 0 (01/02/2003)

Keeper Pollitt was one of the Millers' stellar performers in their four-year stay in the second tier in the early 2000s so when he was dismissed 13 minutes into a visit to Derby County a long afternoon was on the cards.

However, the manner of the dismissal was so unjust that when Millers fans saw replays of it at half-time on TV in the concourse, they caused major unrest, taking their anger out on toilet seats and other facilities in Pride Park.

Premier League ref Steve Dunn was the man with the whistle and between him and his linesman, they inexplicably ruled that Pollitt had collected a ball outside the area when the whole ground could see it was well inside. 

Pollitt saw red and to make matters worse Georgi Kinkladze curled the resulting free-kick in.

Further goals from Adam Bolder and Izale McLeod meant it was an afternoon to forget for the Millers, with boss Ronnie Moore calling for television replays to be introduced after the Millers were denied justice.

This was given as a penalty

Morgan gets the D - Rotherham 1 Coventry City 3 (01/01/2014)

Craig Morgan's red card on the opening day of 2014 was so bad that boss Evans came into his post-match press conference armed with a laptop to show everyone just how wrong referee Gary Sutton got it.

The Millers were on course for a New Year's Day treat as they were beating the Sky Blues 1-0 until the decisive period of play. 

Callum Wilson was sent through on goal and as he was chased by Morgan, he was clipped, clearly in the D and went tumbling. 

Sutton correctly sent Morgan off, as it was a clear goalscoring opportunity, and originally awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box, but after consultation with his linesman he exasperatingly changed his mind and gave Coventry a penalty.

Carl Baker scored from the spot and Steven Pressley's men went on to win the game 3-1, though not after the Millers missed an injury time penalty to make it 2-2.

Evans was so aghast after the game that he demanded the linesman never to be allowed to officiate again.

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