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Redfearn pleased with industrious display

5 December 2015

Neil Redfearn post Wolves...

Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn thought his side could have got something from the game after a narrow 2-1 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Goals from James Henry and Danny Batth either side of Joe Newell’s equaliser was enough for Kenny Jackett’s side to end the Millers recent run of victories.

The Millers pressed for an equaliser in the second half and enjoyed spells were unable to breakdown a stubborn Wolves’ defence.

After the game boss Redfearn praised his side’s work rate and endeavour but admitted the Millers just lacked quality at vital times during the game.

“I thought we were the better side to be honest and if you look at the 90 minutes and the weight of possession and territory particularly in then second half, but the difference was quality,” Redfearn admitted after the game.

“If you look at the goals they are poor from our point of view. When they went forward they looked dangerous, and I thought we just looked a little short up front today.

“I thought we started nervous and they sensed it, and they got the goal. Then they sat back. I thought that we came on to them, we equalised they wobbled a bit. It looked like we were going to go on and put them to task. The second goal, the marking is poor. The goal is disappointing but you have to keep going, we have to dust ourselves off, I’ve said to the lads even if we had won today we would still have had to go Blackburn and got something. Results have gone for us today, and there is nothing in it.”

In a close encounter played in blustery conditions, both sides were restricted to mainly half chances, with Redfearn left frustrated that his side couldn’t force a second goal.

“In the second half we came out and were the better side again but we just cannot put the ball in the net,” he concluded.

“We had one or two half chances with things flashing across goal, and there is one when Grant Ward breaks down the right and Clarke-Harris should score. If we get something on the end of it then it’s a goal, it is that close in.”

Redfearn will be hoping that the return of key players from injury and suspension will help boost his options ahead of a busy run of fixtures, whilst the club awaits the prognosis of the injury to Danny Ward who was withdrawn due to injury.

“We had a lot of people out today, we had Leon Best out, Stephen Kelly out, and Mattock is just coming back from a hamstring,” Redfearn continued.

“We have got a lot of people who are missing who are important and then Danny Ward goes off after 20 minutes which obviously doesn’t help us.

“If you look at Wolves they are a big club that should be challenging at the other end and I thought that we ran them close enough, but we lacked the quality. I think that the effort and the determination was there, and there was nothing in the game, in fact we probably shaded it, but they had the quality when they needed it."

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