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POST MATCH | We were second best - Warne

2 April 2018

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Millers Manager Paul Warne reflected on his side’s 3-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic this afternoon.

Despite an impressive start to the match, the Millers couldn’t break the deadlock and faced an uphill task when the Addicks raced into a three-goal lead.

“I thought we started the game really well,” said Warne. “We were comfortable on the ball. We looked pretty fresh and I was pretty pleased with how we started. Will’s had a couple of chances, hit the bar and had another chance he possibly should have done better with. I thought we limited them to very little, first half.

“We had an individual error for the first goal and I said to them at half-time that you’re not going to win the game in the first ten minutes of the second-half, just to stay in the game.

“I knew we had enough firepower to get in the game. Fundamentally, you’ve got to be able to defend a wide free-kick and we definitely did not do that. That made it 2-0 and obviously and then they countered us. It went to 3-0 and then, in fairness it could have been four. We got it to 3-1 and changed our system to try and get us back into it. It wasn’t to be.”

Richard Wood pulled a goal back but it was too little, too late for Warne and his side.

“In both boxes they were better than us today,” he continued. “I don’t think, between the boxes, they were better than us, but in the boxes they were.

“We’re still in a good position but we can’t expect when we’ve come in every game to see that all the other teams have lost. That certainly isn’t the game today, it’ll give the lads – not that they needed it – a rocket for Saturday. It’s not a must-win game but we’ve got to be looking at winning games and getting into play-off positions.

“But the free-kick is my biggest issue. We didn’t have enough desire to win it which I don’t like to say about my team but, unfortunately, that is the case.”

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