Paul Warne post Rochdale...
Millers boss Paul Warne assessed his side’s display after a 1-0 defeat at home to Rochdale this afternoon.
An incredible run came to an end at the hands of Keith Hill’s side after Warne’s men won seven on the spin in a 14-match unbeaten sequence.
“The lads have been on an amazing run,” said Warne. “The lads are disappointed to lose the run today but I think we came up against an excellent team. I think their position in the league doesn't say how good they are really. Me and Rich (Richie Barker) went and watched them midweek and we knew what a formidable team they were.
“It was just disappointing. I don’t think everyone was on song today, I think that would be a fair point. Going in 1-0 up at half time, we might have had a bit of spring in us. But we just didn’t get our passing game going today. We didn’t get wide enough quick enough. We came against a really good team and we have to dust ourselves down for the next one.”
There was a big moment at the end of the first half when Richard Wood’s header was chalked off by the referee which would have given the Millers a half time lead.
“I thought, in fairness, the first half although we probably had more of the ball, they had a couple of good chances,” said Warne. “There was a good clearance from Fordey and Woody. Marek was looking good in the back, it was quite a close-knit game. But then, second half, we changed a few things. They threw the kitchen sink, had a right go and kept trying to get us on the break.
“They’ve got a well-organised team, a fit team and that’s one of the hardest games we’ve had at home, to be honest. They just wouldn’t let us play.
“We knew they were going to play that way. It wasn’t a shock and the lads knew. We tried to get the ball down the side of the centre-halves, but they competed really well against Bally and Smudge.
“We got a little bit run-over in the middle of the park. We may well have rode our luck in recent weeks, I’m well aware of that, and today we probably didn’t have it. It didn’t drop to someone from a set-piece. Their ‘keeper did really well and came for a lot of things.
“We said to the lads before the game and I don’t think we underestimated them at all. We worked as hard as we always worked, I just can’t see them being in the bottom four. I think they’re a really good outfit and, unfortunately for us today they were too much for us.
“We’ve had a chat with the players. It wasn’t a shouting match, I’m proud of my team but it was just unfortunate today we weren’t as good as we should be. It’s disappointing we didn’t play as well as we sould in front of our home supporters but Rochdale didn’t let us.”