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POST-MATCH We took the game to them - Warne

9 January 2021

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne heaped praise on his side’s overall efforts in their performance at Goodison Park, which saw them narrowly edged out of the Emirates FA Cup Third Round by Premier League high-flyers Everton in extra time.

It took until the 94th minute for Abdoulaye Doucoure to score the goal which would ultimately prove decisive on Merseyside, after Matt Olosunde had capped a superb performance with a goal to draw the Millers level after Cenk Tosun’s opener.

After conceding early, the Millers grew into the game, looking the more likely of the two sides to score for large parts of the Third Round encounter, leaving boss Warne both proud and a tad frustrated that his side couldn’t capitalise on their spells of dominance.

"I'm really proud of all of my team. Apart from the first 10 minutes when I thought that we showed them too much respect - which I reiterated to them at half-time.

"After that, when we didn't I thought we controlled quite large parts of it. Their 'keeper has made a few good saves and at half-time I was disappointed that we were losing.

"I thought second half we took it to them again. I thought there were some amazing performances and Matt Olosunde got the goal that his deserved, I thought he was a thorn in their side from start to finish.

"It was a really good experience for my younger players and if I could have got everyone on, I would have. I wanted them all to get a feel of these big games and enjoy it.

"It was 20 years since I played against Liverpool at Anfield and I want these lads to be talking about games like these in years to come.

"Overall we were pleased with the performance, disappointed not to go through, but I'm not sure another fixture is what we need either.

"I made the subs that I did because Matt Olosunde had given everything. With the way we play, one of their lads joked with Wilesy that we were running around too much for their liking, so to ask them to play for 90 minutes is fine, but an extra half hour is a tough ask.

"All-in-all it was a good performance but a disappointing result.

"He [Olosunde] was good and I don't know if it was the end of the second half or extra time, but Carlo changed his shape to match us up in the middle because we were over-running them in there, which is a right compliment.

"I could go through the whole team, they make me amazingly proud but a touch angry!

"It will be a completely different game next week at Derby. There's no point turning up here putting out a good performance and going out thinking we're going to cruise games. Next week is a completely different battle.

"[Freddie Ladapo] He had a groin problem. We took the opportunity to rest him this week, he's had an injection and hopefully he'll be able to join back in next week and play a part next weekend.


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