Date: 4th November 2017 at 8:35pm
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Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne says today’s defeat away at Crewe is the hardest he’s had to swallow.

‘I thought we controlled the game pretty well in the first half,’ Warney told Radio Sheffield after being knocked out of the FA Cup this afternoon, ‘and we had enough chances to be out of sight and I felt pretty comfortable in the game.

‘I thought Joe Newell was outstanding in the first half. It was obviously a big turning point just before half-time when we scored the second goal only for the ref to pull it back. He said there was a foul before the ball came in which, to be fair, there’s always hocus pocus in the box. I think that changed the game.

‘At half-time I told the lads that that decision would give them (Crewe) a boost and the second half they came out and they equalised when the lad had a free header in the middle of our penalty box which is unacceptable.

‘It was quite open then, end to end, and I still thought we were going to win it. But for them to score a goal in the manner they did their second one is difficult for me to take to be honest.

‘I’ve been harping on all week about going on a good cup run because you make memories. But it wasn’t to be and I’m not going to pretend I’m anything else but disappointed.

‘I’ve had fifty or fifty-one defeats as a manager and this is the hardest to take.’

Goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell came into the starting line-up this afternoon and, as his Manager admits, didn’t cover himself in glory with Warney saying, ‘I’ve asked him to be brave and confident and come for stuff, but, no, he hasn’t covered himself in massive glory. In fairness to him, that’s how I’ve asked him to play so I take the responsibility for that.

‘But, what he would expect is for one of his centre-halves or midfielders in front of him to challenge for the ball with the attacker. That didn’t happen. I’m not here to point the finger at my players and blame them.

‘We’ll speak about the game on Monday about where we went wrong, then we’ve got a game on Tuesday and a big game next weekend.’

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