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Redfearn urges Millers to bounce back

29 December 2015

Neil Redfearn post Fulham...

MILLERS chief Neil Redfearn praised the efforts of his Rotherham United side despite them slipping to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Fulham.

Cauley Woodrow put the Cottagers ahead early on before Farrend Rawson levelled matters soon after with his second goal for the club.

With half-time approaching, Woodrow put the Londoners back in front before an unfortunate Kirk Broadfoot own goal and a Ross McCormack strike saw the hosts run out comfortable winners at Craven Cottage. 

Despite the flattering nature of the scoreline, Redfearn believed his side gave as good as they got for the majority of the clash in West London. 

“It was frustrating and I do not think it was a 4-1 game but we looked tired and a little leggy at times.” Redfearn admitted. 

“When we get a lot of games in a short space of time, it tells. We got back into the game at one-all and we were the team in the ascendancy. 

“Fulham are a little tender at home and you could see that, but to be fair to them, they came onto us and took their chances.”

In an enthralling encounter, the Millers slipped to their first defeat in three games following back-to-back home victories and Redfearn believed his side gave the hosts too much respect as the likes of McCormack and Woodrow, in particular, proved difficult to handle at times. 

However, Redfearn has called on his side not to dwell on the defeat and stated they must quickly switch their attentions to the trip to Preston on Saturday.

“If you look at the quality of Fulham’s side and if you give them chances or space in and around the box, then they are going to hurt you,” Redfearn added. 

“They are things we have got to work on and look at but we have to move on. 

“They are a great set of lads and they work hard for one another but basically, we have had the same team, by and large, for the last four or five games and maybe this was a game too far. 

“It’s a tough league and we haven’t got a big squad. We have to try and rotate the best we can and put the team back together and go again against Preston.”



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