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POST-MATCH | WE WERE THE AGGRESSOR WITHOUT REALLY OPENING THEM UP - RICHARDSON

13 January 2024

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POST-MATCH | WE WERE THE AGGRESSOR WITHOUT REALLY OPENING THEM UP - RICHARDSON

13 January 2024

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Rotherham United boss Leam Richardson explained that his side had good periods of the game against Stoke City go in their favour, but were unable to replicate the 'moment of magic' that came in the form of Lewis Baker's first half free-kick that would ultimately prove the match-winning goal on Saturday.

Baker's fine first half set piece which came right on the stroke of the break would ultimately prove the difference between the Millers and the Potters in a tight encounter at AESSEAL New York Stadium, in which chances were at a premium throughout.

Speaking after the Sky Bet Championship contest, Richardson praised his side's commitment and endeavour whilst conceding that their work in the final third lacked the cutting edge to earn them any of the points on offer.

“I thought the game was a 0-0. Neither ‘keeper had much to do. Tactically we cancelled each other back in large parts.

“In the second half particularly, I thought we were the aggressors without actually opening them up and creating any quality of chances.

“That was a game in which we could have positive result. We got into areas within the final third where we’d want to make better decisions and more aggressive decisions.

“It’s a good healthy challenge for us at the minute, and we need to be functioning at 100% every game to get over this challenge that we face.

“We can never disregard the commitment, and the work ethic, and the endeavour from the players and from the group.

“It was one of those games where if you don’t win, you certainly don’t want to lose. Unfortunately, it was a moment of real quality that won them the game.  


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