Paul Warne post-Wigan Athletic...
MILLERS boss Paul Warne admitted that his side’s narrow league defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic was a “bitter pill to swallow” after the home side held off a late Rotherham rally to earn the three points.
Substitute James Vaughan proved the Wigan match winner with a predatory strike from close range after visiting ‘keeper Marek Rodak could only parry Callum McManaman’s initial effort into his path.
Speaking to the assembled press corps afterwards, Warne believed that his side’s second-half performance was worthy of a share of the spoils, despite admitting that Wigan had the better of the proceedings in the first 45.
“I’m proud of the effort and how we went toe-to-toe in the second half and I’m disappointed to come away with nothing,” Warne remarked.
“It was hugely frustrating for us. It was an opportunity wasted today. If we’d have got one, we may have got two. There were some outstanding performances but regrettably we come away with nothing and that’s a bitter pill to swallow.”
Despite the Lancastrians dominating large parts of the first-half, the Millers goal was rarely threatened and Warne’s side, arguably, had their best spells of the game – either side of Vaughan’s strike – with Warne bemoaning that his side were not duly rewarded for their efforts over the Pennines.
“We were pleased to get them in at 0-0 at half-time. I thought Wigan were the better side without making our ‘keeper make too many saves,” Warne added.
“At half-time, we made our defenders play a lot higher up the pitch and our midfielders play higher to give some support to Smithy.
“I thought we were the better side in the second half. We were pushing for the goal and we had plenty of set-pieces. There was a block here and a block there and it just didn’t drop for us today against an excellent Wigan side, who played Stoke off the park last week.
“I can’t blame the players’ effort, which was phenomenal. We took an injury early on, from Sean (Raggett), which was disappointing. It’s not an excuse, but I think we were a little bit jaded in the first half and it took us a bit of time to get going.”