Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne thought his team were a ‘constant threat’ against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium yesterday.
‘The lads performed pretty excellenty in the first half’ the Millers Boss told iFOLLOW after the three-one win. ‘I thought we deservedly went in three-nil.
‘We rode our luck a bit second half and my only frustration of the game was Wiles’ back-pass because if that had gone in it would have been a very tough ten minutes. But as Wiles played right-back and left-back for me I thought his performance was really good.
‘I am disappointed we didn’t score in the second half but we are pleased to come away with a win against a really good team.’
Oxford did cause the Millers problems in the second half, they brought on two very good players at the start who got straight into the game but we held on against a team who hadn’t conceded a league goal at home in four games. They also kept a close eye on Chiedozie Ogbene who didn’t get so many runs down the wing – though they might have been better keeping an eye on Kyle Vassell in that first half.
Warney was a bit bemused by the fact that when the squad arrived at the Kassam Stadium it was locked and they had to knock and wait for someone to come and open up for them saying he’d never heard of anything like this in professional football and hoped it wasn’t done on purpose. But, along with one of the U players saying in the match day programme that he thought Oxford were the ‘best team in the division’ and the locked door, the Gaffer used them in his team talk before the game.
I’ll be honest, before the game I wasn’t expecting us to go out and play like we did. I thought we’d be a bit nervy, be ball watching a bit, let them have more time and room on the ball – I’m glad to say I was totally wrong!