Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne was missing players left, right and centre due to injury, illness or suspension for the clash with lowly Southend at Roots Hall yesterday but, being positive, still managed to come away with a point.
Being negative, I rather think a lot of us Millers fans were thinking that was the least we were going to get.
Saying the conditions were difficult the Rotherham Boss told iFOLLOW, ‘It was windy, bobbly and we’re carrying some illness and injuries so we had to play with a narrow four in midfield and they’ve probably only got a hundred league games between them. But, after the initial fifteen minutes, I thought they did alright.’
The Millers went in at half-time one up due to, perhaps, a fortuitous own goal but within seven minutes of the second half found themselves two-one down with a goal on the hour mark from Freddie Ladapo earning them the point.
‘They (Southend) obviously came out in the second half,’ Warney said, ‘and we gave away a needless free-kick which didn’t best please me to see us go two-one down. But then I thought we really took the game to them got a goal back and Freddie could have had a couple more.
‘Overall I thought a draw might have pleased them more than me because we were trying to get the win. I hope our fans aren’t disappointed because, if they are, we are in all sorts of bother. We will go in on Monday and try and right what is wrong so to speak and try and prepare them for a few home games.’
I think the fans are disappointed but I don’t think it’s just this game, we’ve been coming back into games for weeks now – which is good, even exciting, but I don’t think we can keep doing that. I’ve said before we have been papering over the cracks but, then again, by doing that we are in the top six in the table and we are in the third round of the FA Cup. Should we be asking for more than that?