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POST MATCH | We were excellent - Warne

16 December 2017

Millers boss Paul Warne reflected on his side’s display after drawing 1-1 at home to Plymouth Argyle this afternoon...

Playing the majority of the second-half with 10 men, Rotherham snatched a deserved point as Semi Ajayi scored in the third minute of stoppage time.

“I thought we were excellent today,” said Warne.

“Obviously they came to frustrate us and sit behind the ball. We said to the lads at half-time, try and move the ball a bit quicker and give them a bit more information on the pass when we do it and you’ve got more than enough to win the game.

“I’ve just been told we had 18 attempts on goal so the fact that we came away from the game with a point is disappointing but the effort the lads put in was phenomenal. To be down to 10 men for nearly 40 minutes, I’m biased I know, but I still thought we were the better side.

“Second-half I still felt we created the better chances and the group we’ve got in there are excellent. I’m really proud because it’s easy to come in when the team’s won and say how great we are.

“I thought we showed real character there today. The same last week, we were one down and won 2-1. I was disappointed that we didn’t win, that would have been some game.”

Richard Wood picked up two yellow cards which means he misses next weekend’s home game against MK Dons. But Rotherham bounced back from Ryan Taylor’s 82nd-minute opener through Semi Ajayi in stoppage time.

“The game sort of flipped,” continued Warne.

“We had nine attempts in the first-half and they had one. Then obviously it gave them a bit of impetus and they had a lot of the ball. I thought the effort the lads put in was phenomenal. I felt Willo (Ryan Williams) had nothing left to give, I felt his touch and control of the ball was good.

“There was a lot of positives to take from today. On another day we might have lost that, but we also might have won it. Overall, frustrated not to win but chuffed with a point.

“From where I was I’m thinking Woody’s got to go for that. In fairness the ref had a better view than me. I just think it’s the way football is and to get the second booking, the way it happened was hugely disappointing.

Speaking of Semi Ajayi, who thumped in the equaliser, Warne added “He deserves it. I thought Ajayi was really good today. He’s really stepped up and he kept stepping in. Even the goal, it wasn’t an easy goal. It skittled about so I was really pleased for Semi. We defended resolutely.”


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