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POST-MATCH | We deserved a draw - Warne

18 April 2021

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne felt his side deserved a point from their game with Birmingham City at AESSEAL New York Stadium this afternoon.

The Millers appeared to be the side in the ascendancy as they chased the crucial first goal of the game, but it was Blues who found it against the run of play through Harlee Dean's late header. 

After admitting his side were outplayed by Coventry City on Thursday, the Millers boss was left ruing his side's fortune after the game with Lee Bowyer's side. 

“I came out after the game Thursday night and admitted Coventry were the better team and deserved to win,” said Warne.

“I don’t think we weren’t the better team today. I thought at least our players deserved a draw. To concede so late on with a sucker punch, we had to take Robbo off as he was struggling.

“We had opportunities today to make the net ripple. Unfortunately if you don’t take your chances at any level of football, you’re not going to win. Today was a good example of that.

“Sometimes you need your centre-halves or full-backs to get a goal out of nothing. I didn’t see their goal coming. I appreciate we were fatiguing but I always felt we were going to get the winner. It wasn’t to be.

“It’s difficult. The team are well coached, well organised and give everything they can. It’s just disappointing because the goals have killed us. We could have had a winner at Hudd and equaliser at Millwall. Our box to box play is good but, unfortunately, you are judged on everything else and that’s where, at the moment, we’ve let ourselves down.

“I’ve just said to the lads, while you’ve got a chance, you’ve got a chance. You have to have belief. Thursday night was a poor performance and I didn’t have anything positive to take from it, but I did today.

“If we are to beat Middlesbrough on Wednesday night we might just be a point behind Derby and it’s game on.But we have to turn chances in to goals if we are to survive. Fundamentally, goals are letting us down."

"I think you could see in the last 10 minutes that we were jaded and it is not hard to see why. I thought Macca was really good but was blowing, Robbo was struggling, so I had to change. Freddie and Smudge were great up top, but I though George had trained really well this week. 

"He's really good on the day and I just thought maybe it might be his day. If a chance would have fallen to him and he'd have scored we'd be saying how good of a substitution it was, but it wasn't to be and we end up losing the game.It’s a tough swallow today because I don’t think our performance deserved a defeat." 

 


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