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They've given everything - Redfearn

16 January 2016

Neil Redfearn post Queens Park Rangers...

Rotherham United boss Neil Redfearn was left ruing his side’s missed chances following their 3-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The Millers put in an impressive first half showing but failed to capitalise on their chances with the score goalless at the break and were undone by second half strikes from Junior Hoilett, Matt Phillps and Sebastian Polter.

Redfearn admitted that the final scoreline did not reflect the performance and added that the game against the Hoops may have come too soon for his side after games against Brighton and Hove Albion and Leeds United.

“It’s disappointing because it’s never a 3-0.  First half we camped in their half and created enough chances to go in front, but didn’t take them,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.

“If I’m honest, I thought we ran out of steam in the second half. It’s basically been the same side and we’ve had three games in eight days. Obviously, the lack of numbers means we can’t rotate round, but I can’t criticise my players they’ve given everything over the last three games.”

The Millers dominated proceedings in the opening 45 minutes but were unable to unlock the Hoops’ defence prior to the interval. The most notable of those chances fell to Matt Derbyshire who was denied by a heroic tackle from Nedum Onuoha after Paul Green had struck the upright.

“There were some mistakes for the goals, the defending wasn’t good, but these lads have been fantastic last six weeks. It was a great first half performance, we should have been in front, and if we had we would have gone onto win it,” Redfearn explained.

“We had two or three opportunities that were cleared off the line or scrambled away and you’re just looking for someone to get on the end of it. Even at 1-0 and 2-0 we kept going.”

The Millers boss insists his side must now pick themselves up and turn their focus to the challenge that awaits them at the Cardiff City Stadium next Saturday as they look to move themselves up the Sky Bet Championship table.

Redfearn continued:

“The lads are disappointed in there, but it’s up to me to pick them up, and we got to go again next week.

“We pick ourselves up, it’s not ideal, but I’m pleased with the first half performance and we go again.”


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