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Finishing on defeat disappoints Warnock

7 May 2016

Neil Warnock post Hull City...

Rotherham United manager Neil Warnock admitted he was disappointed in the manner of his side’s final day 5-1 defeat at Hull City, but commended his players for their efforts which ensured that the club will be playing Sky Bet Championship football next season.

The Millers boss conceded that his team had a bad day at the office as they fell to goals from Jake Livermore (2), Abel Hernandez, Mo Diame and Robert Snodgrass at the KC Stadium, with Lee Frecklington registering for the visitors.

“Listen, I can only praise the lads, although we were very poor today. We felt comfortable early doors and we scored the goal but we just lost our shape,” Warnock explained.

“Overall, I have to praise the players but it’s disappointing to finish on a low like that.

“When you have got five and six lads losing their shape you haven’t got a cat in hell’s chance when you’re playing against a team like Hull.

“If you lose your shape and your concentration then you’re going to get turned over when you’re playing against a good side.”

After a flurry of chances in the first half the Millers looked much more resilient following the restart and Warnock admitted that he had to fire his side up during the half time exchanges.

“I just gave them a rollocking, that’s all. You can’t do any more can you? I said go out and play for pride,” he admitted.

“Whether we have nothing at stake is irrelevant, I don’t want to get beat enormously. They are a good side and if we had let them play their own way in the second half it would have been double figures.”

The Millers chief was dealt a blow earlier in the week when he learned that he would be without Matt Derbyshire for the clash at the KC Stadium and was also forced into dropping Leon Best to the bench as a result of injury.

“We lost Derbyshire and Besty wasn’t right this week so we couldn’t start him. We haven’t got a squad big enough to cope with that really and it showed today,” Warnock said.

“We need everyone to be spot on and in the run we have had everyone has been spot on. Some of them have probably got an excuse because it’s the end of the season and I suppose when I came if you’d said we need to go to Hull to get a result to stay up I would have taken it."

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