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

16 December 2020

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne felt his side deserved something from their game with Blackburn Rovers, after being dealt a cruel defeat at Ewood Park.

After appearing to have the edge in a tightly contested fixture, the Millers found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 reverse after late strikes from Harvey Elliott and Adam Armstrong.

Armstrong popped up to win it in the eight minute of time added on and Warne admitted the manner of the defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.

“It’s always cruel when you lose in the last few seconds and it’s obviously difficult to take. I’m still very raw emotionally and so are the lads in the changing room but I think it is even worse when you play so well,” Warne explained.

“We stopped the switch really well, we matched them physically and I thought we made the best chances. I don’t think my ‘keeper had many saves to make but we had guilt edged chances in the first and second half. If you don’t take them, one goal isn’t going to be enough.

“Overall I’m hugely disappointed with the result, but I’m really proud with how we played. I thought we at very least deserved a point, I shook hands with their players after and at least five or six of them said we didn’t deserve that.

“We put all our effort in for nothing, but we have to take the positives, we can more than compete at this level, but you have to be more clinical and if we are we come to places like this and win. Unfortunately, we didn’t and we need to pick them up again for a big game on Saturday.

“It stings tonight, seven minutes added time seemed a bit extreme and it was a dagger in the heart and I don’t think our lads deserved it and I really feel for them. I’m not one to say we’re great when we aren’t, but I think we were the better side tonight and if we take our chances we win, unfortunately that wasn’t the case and it’s going to be a hard pill to swallow.”

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