Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne told iFOLLOW that although he didn’t think it was a bad performance from his team he didn’t think it was excellent either after the Millers home loss to Rochdale this afternoon.
‘I think we’ve got a bit of an issue with our home form,’ the Millers Boss said, ‘and I apologise to our fans because all our best performances have been away from home.’
And Warney is not wrong with that. We have an issue and seem to have had an issue all season winning just four games in all competitions – and I think it’s fair to say that one of those was against a patched up Bolton Wanderers side and another against a Coventry side which probably more gave us goals than we forged ahead and got them. (This, of course, is only our opinion here on Vital Rotherham). Yet, away from home, even when we aren’t playing so well we manage to suddenly put on a fifteen or twenty minutes of very good form and score from our chances.
‘We didn’t play at our best today and I’ve no excuses for it though I have loads of reasons in my head,’ said the Gaffer. ‘It’s frustrating because everyone has turned up here today full of optimism after our recent run and we were playing a team who are supposedly struggling. And, in fairness, the fans stayed which was great of them and they were probably expecting another rabbit out of the hat late on.
‘If we are going to have a successful season then these are the games we have to pick points up in.’
I know that we had chances today, put crosses into the box, got set-pieces but one of the things I see as being wrong is we aren’t getting to that second ball. A couple of times today I saw players stood watching instead of at least trying to make amends for a ball that had evaded them. I said in the report that Rochdale’s ‘keeper was their best player yet did he really have to work at saving the ball? Weren’t most of his saves quite easy to make?
I do wonder if the players are ‘frightened’ of losing at home and trying too hard?
One positive, in my mind, is that we didn’t seem as much on the back foot as I’ve thought we have been this season.
And surely it’s always good to find a positive – isn’t it?