Paul Waren post-Wolverhampton Wanderers...
MILLERS interim manager Paul Warne was quick to express his pride at his side’s display despite them falling to a solitary goal defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Andreas Weimann’s strike on the stroke of half-time proved decisive as the Millers were punished to the full for not taking their chances as top-scorer Danny Ward squandered two first half one-on-one’s before Semi Ajayi blasted over with the goal at his mercy in the dying seconds of the game.
Speaking to the assembled press corps afterwards, Warne believed his side deserved at least a share of the spoils at Molineux and that they count themselves unlucky in not notching their first away victory of the campaign.
“I thought the performance was very good, but the result wasn't so great,” Warne insisted.
“We set up the way we set up and we knew how going to create chances. We worked on it all week and we worked on how to stop their play and frustrate them.
“We were well prepared for this game and the lads were really well motivated. I said to them beforehand that I thought it was the best I'd ever seen a team warm-up.
“We created three really good chances and the one right at the end would have got us a good point on the road and would have been a nice little bit of sugar for us.
“It was a really good performance away from home and I definitely don't think we deserved to lose.
“In football you can't get a better chance than a one-on-one and on top of that, for your best player in your team whose your goalscorer. He's hugely disappointed and I've got to pick him up now because he feels like he's let his teammates down, which he hasn't.
“He gives his all every week and some days it's your day and others it isn't. Unfortunately for Wardy today, that wasn't the case.
“I think our season was summed up by Semi's chance late on. I think that was synonymous really in that we had that little bit of luck but couldn't follow through with it.”
Despite their perilous position at the foot of the Championship table, Warne has challenged his side to finish the season on a positive note, starting with the trip to Queens Park Rangers next Saturday.
“I thought they were excellent and I told them before the game that there are 10 cup finals left and this was the first one,” Warne added.
“I asked them to just go out and prove to people that they can play at this level and if I'm honest, I thought we were the better team.
“Unfortunately I've come out to do the press again and it's on the back of a defeat. You've seen me loads of times now and I'm not in tears or holding on to you for support because I was really proud of the players and it makes us look forward to the next game.”