Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne says that today’s opposition, Brentford, were more ruthless than the Millers.
Brentford were more everything than the Millers today – from kick-off until the ninety-fourth minute they played some nice football which a lot of our players all seemed to want to stand back and admire.
They came with one plan and that was to score goals and often had three players up front waiting to do that. We had a ‘Plan A’ and apparently not a ‘Plan B’ for when ‘Plan A’ didn’t work.
Of course we had chances – two went in, another should have and, I know everyone out there is crying out for a striker, but we do have people at the club who can score. We just don’t play them all at once. I think we’ve worn Smith out playing him up front on his own and playing people out of position is wearing a little thin. Why is Zak Vyner taking flak for playing in a position that isn’t truly his – especially when you’ve got a right-back, who we’ve seen in the media this week is the highest paid player at the club, sat on the bench (if he’s not fit to play then, in my mind, he’s not fit to be on the bench). Why are we expecting full-backs to pick up players that wingers should be picking up. There are teams out there who have players who run up and down the pitch for ninety plus minutes without thinking about it – we aren’t fit enough to do that.
Warney says that in his post-match interview on the Official Site that he thought Brentford’s second goal was ‘amazing’. (Said Benrahma’s goal on the fifty-third minute). I thought Jon Taylor’s was as good.
The Millers Boss also thought we created enough chances today – again, chances we didn’t take.
It’s not all doom and gloom – there were some good bits it’s just that they are forgotten amongst the bad bits and that’s what I find a shame.
With ten minutes to go today Rotherham fans were leaving the stadium, with five minutes a lot more were joining them. There weren’t many left to applaud the players off the pitch today – in fact, I’d say, the natives are getting restless.