Redfearn post Derby County...
Neil Redfearn was left disappointed with his side’s overall display following their 3-0 defeat at the hands of high-flying Derby County.
Goals from Andreas Weimann, Jacob Butterfield and Richard Keogh ensured the hosts recorded maximum points at the iPro Stadium in a game which left the Millers’ boss frustrated at his side’s competitiveness in Derbyshire.
“I thought they were miles in front of us if I’m honest,” Redfearn admitted.
“The thing that disappointed me the most was that we had a little spell after half time and showed a little bit of passion, but not enough in no uncertain terms as to what I, and this football club expects.
“We’ve had a good turnout today with good numbers of supporters and it’s not acceptable.
“I’ll accept the odd mistake and passes are going to be misplaced and all that but not a lack of effort and work rate and wanting to win.”
The Millers were undone by an early strike from Weimann before Butterfield added a second before the interval and Redfearn conceded that his side failed to threaten Scott Carson’s goal despite a promising start against the Rams.
“We talked about how they would split up at the back and how Thorne would drop in and pick the ball up in midfield and we worked on it all the way through the week.
“We started off quite bright for about five minutes but once we let them settle into their stride we never laid a glove on them and that’s really disappointing.
“To be honest they were worthy 3-0 winners. We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ve definitely got to bring some players in. These players have got to feel that they’ve got to fight for their shirts and I didn’t see enough of that today.”
The Millers boss is keen to lift his players and did take time to commend the efforts of second half substitute Paul Green who turned in a committed performance following his introduction against his former employers.
“At this moment in time we’re feeling a bit sorry for ourselves and you can’t do that,” Redfearn admitted.
“I thought when Paul Green came on he got on the ball and played and showed a big heart and I mentioned that afterwards. He might not be the most fashionable but he’s got a big heart and he wants to play and that’s the type of players you want."