Rotherham United moved into sixth place in League One after today’s one-nil home win over Accrington Stanley despite having to play the last ten minutes with ten men.
Millers Manager Paul Warne thought his team did well ‘in patches’ saying he was happy to come away with a clean sheet.
Speaking to iFOLLOW, the Millers Boss said, ‘I thought we played well in the first half but, as we expected, Accrington played really well and caused us problems at the end. It was good to see out the win.’
Asked about the two controversial moments in the game, firstly when Stanley’s ‘keeper came out of his area and brought down Matt Crooks only to see a yellow the Gaffer said, ‘I’ve seen both cards given but, at the time, I thought the Ref managed it well. He brought the yellow out straight away but it was a reckless challenge which I think he’s (the Ref) has given him the benefit of the doubt.’
The about the second decision when Chiedozie Ogbene received his second yellow, Warney said, ‘I haven’t seen it back. After the game the referee said to me ‘when you see it back I think you’ll agree’ and he’s a lot closer than I am. I presume Chio tried to jump out of the way of the challenge and if that’s the case then he has to take his punishment. From where I was I thought we won the free-kick.’
Yes, from where I was I thought we won the free-kick too. But, before half-time around us we did comment that there wouldn’t be twenty-two players left on the pitch at the end of the game the way the referee was brandishing yellow cards about.
‘When we went down to ten men,’ Warney carried on, ‘the fans helped us out and it was good to come away with the win though we will play a lot better and not win.’
It is great to get the three points and there has to be positives from a win. Ogbene’s runs down the wing for one, Ben Wiles’ movement and willing to have a go from outside the area, Michael Ihiekwe standing up to be counted in defence and with the captains armband, Matthew Olosunde carrying on when he was obviously in some discomfort and last, but not least, the clean sheet. And if we can get a win when we aren’t at the races, shall we say, then you can’t have a moan really can you.