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READ | Warne proud of Millers display

30 March 2018

Millers Manager Paul Warne reflected on his side’s performance after a 1-1 draw at home to Peterborough United.

Caolan Lavery’s first goal for the Millers was cancelled out in the 98th minute by Jack Marriott’s leveller.

“The ref must have seen something to add,” said Warne. “I know it’s a last-minute goal but we’ve been on the winning end of that against Donny here not long ago – that’s just the way sport it.

“I think I’m more aggrieved at the fact that we were by far the better team in the game. We were more dominant, more attempts on goal. I just thought we were the better side and to come in 1-1, it’s disappointing for the lads. They’ve done what we asked them to do.

“After the game, there’s no point berating the lads. We’ll just try and learn from it and, hopefully, it won’t happen again. We should have seen the game out. They threw the kitchen sink at us and got a last-minute goal. It’s disappointing because it feels like we’ve dropped two points but I was really proud of the performance.

“You’ve got to take your chances,” Warne continued. “We had a lot of play but probably didn’t finish as well as we could have today. That wasn’t through lack of effort. We have those days in football and we have those days in sport, you can be dominant and you don’t win. There’s no rhyme or reason or it. The lads played the way we wanted them to play. They were attacking, on the front foot and always putting crosses in the box.

“We played against a really good Peterborough side, but dominated from the first to 96 minutes. The last two minutes were a different story, which is unfortunate but we pick ourselves up and we’ll go again Monday for another big game so we’ll see where that takes us.

“Every game now is a big game for us. It’s not as if I sit at home smiling looking forward to the game. I always have trepidation because I don’t want to let the town down and the club down. We want people to turn up and leave with a smile on their face. I think, up to 96th minute, they definitely would have today. We go home today a little bit disappointed with the result but definitely not with the performance.”

There was a key moment for Warne’s side as Michael Smith’s smart header almost made it 2-0 but for a good save by Conor O’Malley.

“At 1-0, you’ve never won the game,” added Warne. “I said that to the staff afterwards. Marriott’s had a good chance on 70 minutes and Marek made a great save – it was the first time our ‘keeper touched it in the second half which shows how dominant we were. Smithy’s done everything right, but it’s not to be. We’ll pick them up again and go again. Hopefully we can get in those Play-Offs which will mean it’s been a great season for everyone.

“They’re a young group and they recover quite quickly. We’re looking forward to Sunday where we’ll watch the game back, go through it then prepare for Charlton.”

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