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POST-MATCH | We need to be braver and stronger - Warne

7 September 2019

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Rotherham United boss Paul Warne says his side need to be 'mentally stronger' after today's 2-1 defeat in the South Yorkshire derby at Doncaster Rovers.

Warne's men let slip a one goal lead after a debut strike from Jake Hastie, but a James Coppinger leveller was added to by a late Ben Whiteman penalty to give maximum points to the hosts.

After the game Warne said:

"I thought their subs made them better. The impetus swapped at 60 minutes. 

"We started the second half well, then they got their tails up and the game got stretched. We didn't do what we were doing in the first half, we needed to slow the game down a bit but we didn't. 

"We didn't get control of it second half, they had a 15 minute period when they were definitely on top. We couldn't get out so the game completely swung. Even then you have to ride a bit of a storm anyway. I thought the penalty was very harsh, I think possibly a draw would have been a fair result for both terms. We didn't get the second goal when we were in the ascendancy and one goal is never enough. We didn't take it and it has come back to bite us.

"I think we have to be mentally tougher. I'm not sure how you do that, I'm not going to turn up with boxing gloves on or anything like that. Confidence is key in sport, especially in football, and that goal gave them the confidence to nick it at the end and it knocked the wind out of our sails."

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