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POST MATCH | Warne's disappointment after Bolton defeat

26 December 2018

Paul Warne post Bolton...

MILLERS chief Paul Warne was quick to express his disappointment at his side’s narrow goal defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers, in their Boxing Day Roses clash.

Gary O’Neil was the Trotters match winner with a well-taken effort, mid-way through the second period after skipper Will Vaulks immediately cancelled out Sammy Ameobi’s first-half opener.

Speaking to the assembled media afterwards, Warne believed his side were worth at least a share of the spoils, despite a scrappy affair at the University of Bolton Stadium.

“My overall emotion is of disappointment,” Warne admitted.

“There were times on the ball when we didn’t make the right decisions. We never created enough chances for us to win a football match. On another day, one of Semi (Ajayi’s) headers from a corner may go in but it never dropped for us in the box. That’s no excuse as we have to create more chances than that.

“The way Bolton play is they hassle you and they get it up to the front two and get ready for the second ball. I’d have liked us to pass the ball better but you have to give credit to the opposition.

“It’s a pity we did not get our noses in front as I think we started the better. At crucial moments, in both boxes, we were not good enough.”

The defeat leaves the Millers, just one place and one point above the Lancastrians, who occupy the last relegation spot and Warne admitted that while his side had missed an opportunity to add to their points-haul, at the expense of the fellow strugglers, he is backing his side to bounce back at Bristol City, in three days’ time.

“We have all got to try and get better because we want to win football matches but the lads’ effort is unquestionable,” Warne stressed.

“We have been playing well on the road recently. I asked the lads to win their personal battles. Some did, some didn’t, that’s the way it is.

“It’s very disappointing to lose but it’s our job to pick them up again for Bristol. We want the side to defend a little better and have a little more confidence on the ball. When we pass the ball and move it, we are more than a good opposition for any team in this league.”

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