MILLERS chief Paul Warne bemoaned his side’s slow start as they suffered a two-goal defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers.
Goals from Marcus Antonsson and sub Harry Chapman either side of the break proved the difference in the Roses clash but Warne conceded his side’s hopes of returning over the Pennines with the points were undermined by a sluggish start to the Ewood Park clash.
“We played against a really good side, who pressed us over the pitch more than we have been used to in previous weeks,” Warne admitted.
“I think we under performed in the first half. For whatever reason, we didn’t start the game as well as we’d like. They started more aggressive and more athletic than us, which is surprising. I don’t often say that about my team.”
The Millers visibly improved after the break and Richard Wood had a goal chalked off from Joe Newell’s corner while home ‘keeper David Raya denied both Joe Mattock and skipper Lee Frecklington before Chapman sealed the deal for the hosts with a well-taken second goal- to the frustration of the Millers boss.
“We changed it at half time. I thought we were much more competitive in the second half but to concede from two set-pieces was hugely disappointing,” Warne added.
“I thought we scored a goal but the linesman said it went out of play but I haven’t see it back yet.
“We were good second half. There was definitely a response in the second half and on another day, we may have nicked a goal and won it, but we didn’t and the scoreline is what it is.
“I don’t think we got enough crosses in and enough shots on target. They have been excellent in recent weeks but I didn’t think our first half performance was enough to get anything out of the game.”