Speaking to themillers.co.uk after the 3-1 defeat to Coventry, managed by former boss Mark Robins, The Millers gaffer Paul Warne was not happy with his teams showing.
“It’s hugely disappointing, We came into this off the back of two good performances, playing the same system. Robbo matched us up and, in fairness, in every department they were superior to us – which hurts me to say. But I just thought they got to the second balls quicker than we did, they got to the first contacts in both boxes better than we did. And they just were stronger and more physical, which I don’t" like to say about my team. Today, we just weren’t at the races.
“I’m not trying to cover up a bad day. It was a bad. Their victory, even though we missed chances late on, could have been even greater. So it’s something we need to look at tomorrow as a group and then quickly adjust for Tuesday night."
“Well I always think energy is a big issue in team sport, but not at the start. I get it after 60 or 70 minutes and, in fairness, Robbo’s players have played the same amount as we have. So there’s no excuse there. I thought we started the game really well, we looked right in the ascendency then one ball causes confusion with my centre-halves and we just didn’t defend it. After that we’re on a rocky road.
“It’s not like us to be beaten up a little bit, but today it looked like we were. I was happy to get them in at half-time at just 2-0 because it could have been more,”
“At the start of the second half there was a bit more effort and a bit more drive but I honestly didn’t think we were going to score. We weren’t creating enough chances so we changed to a three-up then went to a 4-4-2 – we had to because we were chasing the game. Out of all the players, Vass was probably my best one as he was the one really trying to drive the team forward. He won the penalty and Dan despatched it.”