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POST MATCH | Errors costing us dearly – Warne

2 December 2017


POST MATCH | Errors costing us dearly – Warne

2 December 2017

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MILLERS chief Paul Warne believed individual errors were at the heart of their narrow away defeat at the hands of Bristol Rovers.

Ryan Williams’ strike early in the second half put the Millers in charge at the Memorial Stadium but their good work was undone when defensive hesitation led to Ellis Harrison’s equaliser soon after, before Liam Sercombe turned the game on its head with the home winner with fifteen minutes remaining.

Speaking to the assembled press corps afterwards, Warne admitted his side were punished for their inability to shut out the game, following Williams’ opener.

“I thought it was a pretty ugly game really and the conditions were not conducive to good football,” Warne admitted.

“We said to the lads at half time, it’s not one of those days when we can play while we had Potter go off early, although this did not have a massive effect.

“I thought we had enough chances to come away with something. To come away with nothing leaves me hugely frustrated.

“We need to go back to ugly defending. Obviously after a defeat I’m never happy. Tactically, the lads were set up perfectly to deal with what they had but individual errors cost us. If we can eradicate that we have more than enough to pick up points in this league.”

Despite the nature of the defeat in Gloucestershire, Warne was heartened by the displays of goalscorer Williams and Joe Newell, who both returned to the starting line-up although Warne may have to cope without the services of Darren Potter, who was withdrawn following an Achilles injury and Kieffer Moore for the trip to Blackpool next weekend, after he was sent-off late in the game, which rubbed salt into Rotherham’s wounds.

“I thought Williams took his goal well and I thought he played well,” Warne added.

“I thought Newell was a constant threat. We looked dangerous on set-pieces but obviously it’s disappointing not to come away with something when I thought we deserved more from the game.

“I don’t know about Potter. His Achilles was sore. I would suggest he is doubtful (for Blackpool) at this stage.”   

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