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POST-MATCH | Our second half display was much better than the first - Warne

21 November 2020

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Rotherham United boss Paul Warne conceded that his side’s first half display cost them a chance of picking up any points at the Liberty Stadium as Matt Grimes’ 28th minute strike proved the difference for Swansea City.

The Millers manager explained that the opening 45 minutes fell below his usual high standards, but did continue to admit he was pleased with his team’s second half reaction, as they came close on a number of occasions to an equaliser – whilst also having a good shout for penalty turned down.

"Mixed is probably the nicest way to put it,” Warne said of his feelings at full-time.

"I thought first half we were as poor as we have been this season, unfortunately. That is down to me, I pick the team so it is on my shoulders.

"I just didn't think we looked like 'us'.

"I didn't think we won enough 50/50s, headers and we didn't play with any confidence.

"I think if you watch the game on iFollow you probably heard my voice more than anyone's.

"I was frustrated with our first half performance. The lads have been great for me so I'm not here to hammer them, but I thought we weren't as good as we could be.

"I knew the five subs would help me on one day, so I used four of them today.

"As the game went on I thought we got better. Swansea still had chances to score but I think if you watch the game back people will agree that is a handball.

"The subs came on and had a real positive impact which they're supposed to do. 

"We underperformed but we still nearly got a draw. I'm not trying to paper over the cracks - I was disappointed first half - but we can take something from the second [half].

"We put some good balls in and Mickel and Trev livened us up down the left. Vass did and Smudge was a good presence up top and we caused more problems.

"It wasn't a game to really play football and sometimes you've just got to put it down the sides and do what you can. Unfortunately today that wasn't enough to win a point and we just have to plaster them up and get them ready for the next challenge which is just around the corner."

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