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POST-MATCH | We didn't look sharp - Warne

23 February 2021

Following tonight’s 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest, Millers manager Paul Warne caught up with the media.

“I think with two long away games in six days, maybe I should have changed the team a bit more and freshened it up a bit more.

“We just didn’t look as sharp or as energetic as I would have liked in the first half. Second half, in fairness we were playing a team that have lost one in 12 and full of confidence with real quality. They were better than us tonight and I can’t be fairer than that.

“In fairness, they didn’t play any better football than us. They worked the line and threw it into the box. Relied on set-pieces and Knockaert can put it on a sixpence. I can’t knock the lads’ effort and I felt we kept going to the very end. In another game we’d have got a draw as we hit the crossbar and Freddie had a really good chance.

“Overall, I had a feeling at half-time and I said to the lads that it had a feeling of us losing 1-0 unless we shook ourselves out of it. That’s on me, not on the lads.

“In fairness, at 1-0 when you start chasing the last ten or 15 minutes, you always will create because they tighten up. The disappointing thing is their goalie must have caught 20 things and I didn’t see a glove laid on him. Then Viktor was getting clattered for us but they were getting the ball out quick and kept breaking.

“You can play undercooked or under-par and get a point. Unfortunately tonight we didn’t get that goal.”

The only goal of the game came in the 67th minute through Ryan Yates, as the Millers hit the crossbar in stoppage-time through Michael Smith.

“I got Hammy in my ear telling me it’s offside,” continued Warne. “It’s a pity we haven’t had VAR this season because we’d have been on the end of a few decisions! But, they were the better team and there’s no disputing that, although you can nick a point when you’re not at your best.

“Sometimes football’s a bit harsh and it being a goal from an offside position makes it a little bit more sour.”

The Millers boss also confirmed captain Richard Wood slipped on the training ground and suffered from a sore groin, ruling him out of Saturday’s visit of Reading. Additionally, Michael Ihiekwe will miss the next two games having picked up his tenth booking of the season.

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