Rotherham United manager Paul Warne said he couldn’t fault the work ethic of his side, following their 1-0 defeat to Stoke City at bet365 Stadium this afternoon.
A game of few chances was won by the hosts midway through the first half, when James McClean raced on to Angus Gunn’s long kick to lob the ball over Jamal Blackman.
The Millers worked hard to force their way back into the game but ultimately couldn’t find the equalising goal, as they fell to their second away loss of the 2020/21 campaign.
“I can’t fault the effort from the boys, I thought we were okay between both boxes, but didn’t create enough in the final third," Warne explained.
“They just looked a little bit sharper than us today, I don’t think my goalkeeper had a shot to save so we’re disappointed not to get anything from the game.
“We came here to try and win so it is disappointing we left with nothing, but I think it shows far we’ve come that we’re disappointed we didn’t get a result here.
“We conceded a goal similar to that at Reading, so I think it is something we have to work on, overall I thought we defended well aside from that, however we didn’t create enough going forward.”
Millers midfielder Shaun MacDonald was forced off after picking up a knock early in the second half and Warne says the Welshman will undergo a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.
“Shaun MacDonald is of the Richard Wood mantle where he doesn’t go down easily or if there isn’t a problem.
“He wanted to play on but as he was walking off his knee had started to swell up, he’ll have a scan on Monday and hopefully he’ll be okay because he’s an important player for us,” Warne said.