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POST MATCH | Smallest of margins - Warne

28 April 2018

MILLERS boss Paul Warne bemoaned his side’s lack of killer instinct in front of goal after slipping to a last-gasp defeat at the hands of Plymouth Argyle.

In an enthralling clash at Home Park, Richie Towell put the Millers ahead with a fine finish but Joel Grant put the game back in the balance, by levelling for the hosts.

In the latter stages of the game, Rotherham were looking the most likely winners with home ‘keeper Remi Matthews standing in the way of a Millers victory following a series of fine saves.

With sub Caolan Lavery also having a goal chalked off for offside, in the dying minutes, Plymouth rubbed salt into Millers’ wounds when Graham Carey fired home a late spot-kick, after the home player was upended in the box by Will Vaulks.

Speaking to the assembled media afterwards, Warne insisted his side were left to rue their missed chances in Devon.

“It’s the smallest of margins,” Warne conceded.

“We could have been two-one up with two minutes to play but they have gone up the other end and got the goal they need. It’s hugely disappointing, I thought we played really well today.

“Plymouth started the game brightly but from then on, I thought we were the better side. Marek (Rodak) did not have a save to make in the second half. It’s a pity we didn’t take our chances when we had them and their ‘keeper was the man of the match, which says a lot about our performance away from home.

“The lads are hurting. They don’t want to lose football matches. We have to learn to be more ruthless going into the play-offs. If you don’t take your chances in games, then you don’t win. It’s easy to criticise on the two goals we conceded but I was critical on the chances we missed.

“Will Vaulks went to ground for the penalty, which is always dangerous, but I thought he got the ball. I was disappointed in that and I don’t think my team deserved it.”

 


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