Alexander refuses to be part of ‘spat’ with Millers boss

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Fleetwood Town manager Graham Alexander refuses to get drawn into a “schoolboy spat” with Rotherham boss Steve Evans after the pair clashed in the tunnel following Town’s 2-1 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win.

Evans said the Town boss was “out of order” and insisted he had only approached him to offer his congratulations on Town’s victory at Highbury on Tuesday.

The Millers boss said: “I praised him for his team’s performance. The fourth official said he had seen it and he will be reporting it. When you shake hands with someone and wish them good luck, that should be the end of it.”

Alexander hit back, telling The Gazette: “I’m not going to get drawn into some schoolboy spat which is obviously an effort to distract attention from the result and the performance of my players.

“They were fantastic in what was a hard-fought game against a very good team from a league above us.

“I would like to thank the gracious Steve Evans for being such a worthy opponent and I wish his team all the best for the season.

“We’re now focused on our game against Rochdale on Saturday.”

There has so far been no indication that either manager will face charges over the incident. Town will now face Chesterfield in the northern final over two legs, the first of which will be at Highbury, probably on February 4.