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POST-MATCH | The chances were there for us - Warne

9 February 2019

Paul Warne post-Wigan Athletic...

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne reflected on his side’s performance after a 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic at the AESSEAL New York Stadium this afternoon.

Speaking to the press, Warne said, “I thought we were excellent, first half. I thought we should have come in at half time up. They scored with a great finish but we should have stopped it at source.

“I thought we did enough to be 2-0 up at half time, really. At this level you have to take your chances and we didn’t really take our chances. The game was lacking chances really and if I’m honest, I thought the last five or 10 minutes it looked more like they would score.

“I’m obviously biased but I thought we had really good claims on a couple of pens – on another day you might get them. The Woody one he pulled his shirt so I’m disappointed on that, but I’m not disappointed with what the team gives me.

I know, I’m not being too dramatic here, Danny Williams the club legend died this week – I spoke with his family before the game and I felt it would be fitting if we could win.”

Both goals arrived in the first half as the Millers picked up back-to-back points in the league, with Clark Robertson’s header cancelled out by Josh Windass’s strike. But Warne’s men could have been further ahead with a great chance for Michael Smith.

“It’s a good chance to score,” continued Warne. “As a centre-forward you fancy it and more often than not, Smudge would rip the net off. But it wasn’t to be. Robbo got a good goal and all our set-pieces we would have had enough to win it. I’m not really a stat man but they’re all in our ascendency.

“Second-half, we weren’t as good and we weren’t as effective. I always have a massive belief when we’re shooting that way that ‘this is it’ and we’re going to score but today it just didn’t fall.

“I thought today was a good opportunity to win a football match. Every single Championship game is very tough. Whoever you play, everyone is desperate for three points all the time. I showed the lads all the fixtures today and I felt it would be the day we got three points. It’s disappointing we didn’t take the three points.

“Sometimes in life you don’t get what you deserve and I feel today was one of those days.”


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