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We deserved three points - Redfearn

23 January 2016

Neil Redfearn post Cardiff City...

Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn believed his side deserved maximum points after a 2-2 draw against Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Millers fell behind in South Wales to an Anthony Pilkington opener before Joe Newell equalised just before the break. 

A Pilkington own goal put the Millers back in front before he scored again in the right net to level for the Bluebirds in what was a topsy-turvy afternoon.

After the game, Redfearn admitted he was pleased with the point but felt his side did enough to warrant a maximum haul after an entertaining second 45.

“We deserved three points if I am honest; I thought that we were the better side,” Redfearn told Millers Player.

“I thought that we grew into the game as it went on, and some of our play when we broke was good, we created chances. I am pleased with a point but there was a chance there to get all three.

“The second goal of ours took them back a little bit, we were right on the front foot and we looked like we would go on from there and get the three points. It is a good point because this is a difficult place to come. Russell Slade is a good manager and he has these lads organised here so we’ll take the point.

“We grew into the first half, we started a little slow if I am honest but we were the better side for the last 20 minutes of the half. We talked about coming out fast at the start of the second half and that is exactly what we did. We got our goal and from then on in we looked like we would go on and win the game but like I said they are a good side with good players. This is a good point for us on the road.”

Redfearn gave a full debut to new loan signing Chris Burke against his former employers as he tinkered with his line-up. 

The Millers boss admitted he was delighted with the Scottish international’s contribution, whilst he was equally pleased to get some minutes into fellow new arrival Luciano Becchio.

“I thought he (Burke) was very good,” Redfearn stated.

“I thought that he used all his experience and he had a big impression on the players around him. He influenced the midfield really well, he showed little glimpses of magic as well in possession. It was a great debut for him and he will get better and better.

“It was important that Luciano got a little bit (pitch time), he was a presence up there and it freed us up a little to put Danny (Ward) out on the left, so we have options now which is good.”

There is a full interview with Neil Redfearn available now on Millers Player HD.


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