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POST-MATCH | We didn't get rewarded for the effort we put in - Warne

24 April 2021

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POST-MATCH | We didn't get rewarded for the effort we put in - Warne

24 April 2021

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Paul Warne reflected on his side’s 1-0 defeat at Oakwell against Barnsley this afternoon.

Another decision went against the Millers as Viktor Johansson appeared to be fouled by Carlton Morris in the second minute as the former Rotherham man scored.

Warne said: "I’m disappointed. I come out here to speak to you lot (the media) and you tell me other results, I don’t know if it makes me feel worse or better.

"It’s a really frustrating thing. It feels like we’re against the world.

"I have seen it again. I’ve seen my goalkeeper’s face. I don’t know anyone who didn’t think it wasn’t a foul.

"How many times have you seen a goalkeeper go off, in the first minute? Now he’s got to go through concussion protocol I presume. I’m going to have to speak to physios and he might be out for 10 days. Viktor’s anything but a shrinking violet - for him to go off and that’s how we’ve lost the game; it stinks, massively.”

Rotherham put the Play-Off contenders under real pressure, and Barnsley goalkeeper Brad Collins had to be at his best to keep the Millers out.

"My lads put an unbelievable shift in against a team no one wants to play against because they outrun and outfight at the top,” continued Warne. "Coming here, I never overdramatise our performance but we were the better side in virtually every department.

"We came really brave. I said to the Chairman we are going for it. I knew it wouldn’t be a pretty game. We left it one-v-one on the pitch. My only disappointment was the first ball down our line we didn’t get the header.

"Apart from that, it had a massive effect on the game and we were always chasing. I’m really pleased with them but heartbroken. We outran them and created more chances but come away with nothing. Sometimes you get what you deserve in life and today is one of those days where we’ve got nothing.

“They’re a great dressing room and a great bunch. Fundamentally, we have to be more clinical.

"That performance today may have typified our season so far; there’s a lot of effort but we can’t hit the goals.”

Brentford is the next destination on Tuesday, as Warne said he feels slightly ‘mixed’ after the defeat today.

“We’re going to have to play the way we did today but take our chances if we are to survive,” added Warne. “I had a relegation before and I feel like this team is so close. It’s so frustrating because we come to a team who are flying and we looked so confident."

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