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Slow start cost us, says Raynor

22 September 2012

Assistant manager left to rue first half display...

Rotherham United’s assistant manager Paul Raynor blamed the Millers’ slow start for the reason that they didn’t come away with all three points. 

Alex Revell saw red in the second half with the Millers on top, but Raynor believes a better start to the game could have seen Barnet, who are currently propping up the division, crumble under the pressure.

“It was a good workmanlike performance; I wasn’t too impressed with the first half performance as we stood off Barnet for the first 15 or 20 minutes and let them get a foothold in the game. They’ve been struggling a bit of late and the nerves would have got to them if we’d started better. We didn’t really start on the front foot, and when we have we’ve gone on to dominate teams,” said Raynor.

Despite the slow start, the Millers were on top during the second period, forcing some excellent saves out of Graham Stack, and Raynor was not left too disheartened with the point.

“We changed it around a little bit tactically and got in it more. We talk about it being a game of two halves, but we’ve dominated the second half, had some chances and should be coming away with a victory rather than a 0-0 away from home, but look we’ve come away and got a draw.”

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