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POST MATCH | We didn’t get what we deserved - Warne

20 October 2018

Millers manager Paul Warne reflected on his side’s 1-1 draw at home to Bolton Wanderers this afternoon.

Warne was disappointed his side didn’t build on their opener, as they were pegged back with six minutes left to play.

“It does feel like that (two points dropped) if you concede that late on in the game,” he said.

“Conceding like that when you’re in the ascendency for most of it is disappointing. You don’t always get what you deserve in life. I’ve told the lads in there how proud I am of them. Their performances were unbelievable, they did exactly what I asked.

“It’s disappointing but it’s not going to take away from the overall feeling of pride, to be honest.

“We could always be more clinical. I don’t think there’s any team in the world that couldn’t be more clinical. We had two brilliant set-pieces in the first-half where, realistically, we should be hitting the target and there should be goals. That isn’t a criticism, the lads are getting into positions to score.

“I thought Smudge’s effort what rattled the post could have gone anywhere. Unfortunately it didn’t go in. That would have been fully deserved. I thought he was unplayable today. I don’t believe there’s a better number nine performance in the league today. I thought he was outstanding.

“He dominated their two big strong centre-halves the whole game. All football games come down to both penalty boxes. Today I thought we weren’t as good as we could have been, our overall play was excellent.”

The second-half exploded into life as Richard Wood was penalised for upending Josh Magennis in the box, but the striker saw his spot-kick saved by Marek Rodak.

Will Vaulks then fired the Millers into the lead with a wonderful free-kick before Michael Smith hit the angle with a delightful effort, but Bolton levelled after launching a late counter-attack.

“Marek saving a penalty is like a goal although you don’t celebrate it in the same joy,” Warne continued.

“They made subs and had four outstanding players on the pitch at the end. I thought the lad stood up to the task well. It was bittersweet because I’d love to stand here having won 1-0. But I’ll have to pick the lads up and we’ll go again on Tuesday.

“I think we’re in a good run of form. Our away form needs addressing obviously. We’re trying to be the best we can be in every game. We’ve lost two out of 22 home games. Against Bristol City and Stoke we could have won both of those and we could have won today."

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