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POST MATCH | Warne frustrated at derby defeat

28 January 2017


POST MATCH | Warne frustrated at derby defeat

28 January 2017

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Interim boss Paul Warne assessed his side’s performance following the 1-0 defeat to Barnsley at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

“It had that feel of a nil-nil,” he said. “I thought one bit of class would be the difference but, unfortunately, it wasn’t my team who had it today. They carved us open once, maybe once in the first half as well. I don’t think the ‘keeper’s had much to do in the game.

“There were a lot of free-kicks and stoppages of play. Unfortunately my team came out on the wrong end of a one-nil.”

The match-winner came in the 70th-minute from Adam Armstrong, who also hit the bar for the visitors in a first half before the Millers struck the woodwork themselves through Joe Mattock.

“You’d be surprised to know I’m disappointed with the goal,” Warne said. “I don’t think any Manager is happy when someone concedes a goal. I think Fish (Darnell Fisher) got a bit square, he got inside him and tucked it in quite comfortably. It’s hugely frustrating. I think the lads, physically, have given me everything they’ve got. It didn’t really drop for them in the box today.

“I felt we started the game really well but we didn’t have enough guile or class to cut them open. On another day one of those headers might have gone in. It was a fiery game in a good Yorkshire derby.”

“I had a couple of injuries and had to makeshift the team. I had Tom Adeyemi drop out the game so all our team prep had gone up the wall. We didn’t know that until quarter-to-one, so that was disappointing. We went four-four-two and finished three-five-two because of the injuries.

“There’s no point berating the lads as we need to go again Tuesday night. We’ll do everything we can to bandage them up, pick them up for another game on Tuesday.

“We did everything right to pick up at least a point today but lady luck isn’t shining down on me at the moment.”

The Millers head to Nottingham Forest’s City Ground on Tuesday and Warne is hopeful he’ll have a few more bodies in his squad. Warne will, however, be without Darnell Fisher and Aimen Belaid who were both withdrawn from today’s clash because of hamstring strains.

“I’ll have (Joe) Newell back and I’ll have (Tom) Adeyemi back,” he added. “It’ll be 24 hours too soon for Frecks (Lee Frecklington) but I might have some new bodies in the building.

“I’d expect them (Belaid and Fisher) to be out for at least two weeks. Regarding recruitment I was trying to bring defenders in.

“I’m hopeful and everyone is doing everything behind the scenes. I’m confident in getting new bodies in but I don’t know if they’ll be here in time for Tuesday.”

“I’m going home disappointed with the result but I have to be positive with the lads.”

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