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POST MATCH | A sad day, says Warne

1 April 2017

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Millers Interim Manager Paul Warne caught up with the media following his side’s 1-0 defeat at home to Fulham – a result which sees Rotherham's relegation to League One confirmed.

“Obviously we’d had a couple of weeks without a game,” said Warne. “After the QPR game we’ve done a lot of work as a defensive unit. I was well aware that Fulham would have a lot more of the ball than us, there’s no shock there. So we had to work on our two banks of four and our strikers dropping in.

“It was all about when we retained the ball and what we did with it. I knew if we could get chances we’d hurt them and we created enough chances in the game to win it. We had as many chances as them, if not better, but we didn’t take them. 

“The lads are licking their wounds in there. They know they’re relegated now and it’s a sad day for the players, the staff and everybody at the Club.

“We’ve won very few games in a tough league and for us to win eight on the spin was about as likely as my hair growing back. I was proud of the lads in parts today, I could see they were nervy. I tried to keep them going as best I could.”

The goal came on 66 minutes as Sone Aluko tapped home from barely a yard out after a goalmouth scramble, of which Warne added, “It’s never nice to concede a goal but it was like pinball wizard.

“I just wish we’d have took a chance it would have been nice for the fans to enjoy a goal.”

His team should have gone ahead after barely five minutes when Danny Ward placed a free header wide and Lee Frecklington brought a smart save from David Button before the break.

“I’m always wax lyrical about Wardy. He’s been playing with injuries and he needs a goal. Against Fulham to have a header from six yards, you’d fancy him.

“They had three bites of the cherry (for their goal).”

Carlton Morris had a positive impact for the home side as he put in a great shift up front alongside Ward on his home debut.

“I thought he was good,” said Warne of Morris. “He grew into the game. After ten minutes I thought he was blowing but that was match practice. He looked good but he got more tired. He wants to hold it and bring it in. He did do well.

“Obviously everyone knows what my ethos is, but the fans are good to people who work hard. He worked hard and, as a centre-forward, it’s not your dream to chase back all the time.

“There are positives. I’m not going to stand here and say we were the best team by a million miles. We’ve worked really hard and I’m proud but just disappointed we didn’t get the result.

“Frecks’ calf tightened up and he’s got a hit on the knee. I’ve got a few in there at the moment licking their wounds.”

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