Proc­tor in­jury blow adds to the mis­ery for Millers chief Warne

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GO­ING CLOSE: WITH the trans­fer win­dow slid­ing shut, Rother­ham United man­ager Paul Warne is hop­ing an in­jury to striker Jamie Proc­tor does not prove as se­ri­ous as it looked.

Proc­tor crum­bled to the ground clutch­ing his knee fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with Charl­ton cap­tain Chris Solly in mid­field and was car­ried off by stretcher and taken to hos­pi­tal.

To add in­sult to in­jury, ref­eree Trevor Ket­tle, who looked like blow­ing his whis­tle to stop play, waved the game on, Ricky Holmes crossed from the right and Josh Ma­gen­nis headed in at the far post to make it 2-0 in the 66th minute.

“I don’t think it was a foul,” said Warne of the in­ci­dent be­fore adding: “If you see a player in that amount of pain, you have to get the med­i­cal team on quick.”

The goal meant it was game over de­spite Ahmed Kashi head­ing off the line from Joe Newell and nine min­utes of stop­page time be­ing played, for Charl­ton had been by far the more im­pres­sive side.

Cen­tral de­fend­ers Pa­trick Bauer and Ja­son Pearce went toe-to­toe with the Millers’ tow­er­ing strik­ers of Proc­tor and Ki­ef­fer Moore and gen­er­ally came out on top and goal­keeper Ben Amos showed im­pres­sive han­dling to thwart late pres­sure.

Ger­man Bauer was also al­lowed to head home in the 16th minute as Semi Ajayi failed to make a worth­while chal­lenge at a cor­ner and the Millers left the post where the ball crossed the line un­guarded.

Ajayi’s day went from bad to worse as he headed wide from four yards when in front of goal. Proc­tor had also scuffed a six­yard ef­fort wide and then stood ex­as­per­ated af­ter the break as Moore elected to shoot in­stead of pass him through on goal.

In truth, though, Charl­ton dom­i­nated the key ar­eas and it was no sur­prise that Rother­ham’s dress­ing-room in­quest was longer than the stop­page-time played.

Be­fore head­ing to hos­pi­tal to see his in­jured player, Warne said: “I am dis­ap­pointed with the way we played. We are bet­ter than that. I don’t know if we showed them too much re­spect though I think they will be one of the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion teams.”

Though hop­ing for a bet­ter prog­no­sis on Proc­tor than he be­lieves likely this morn­ing, the Rother­ham chief said ahead of the trans­fer win­dow clos­ing on Thurs­day night: “I have the op­por­tu­nity to bring in play­ers, but he is go­ing to be a hard player to re­place and it will be a hard ask with four or five days left.”

Goal­keeper Richard O’Don­nell, who pulled off the save of the game go­ing full length to his left to keep out a curl­ing at­tempt from the out­stand­ing Holmes be­fore the break, was as frus­trated as his man­ager by the Millers’ dis­play.

“I said be­fore the game that we have to make this place a fortress, but one home de­feat doesn’t mean we can’t do that,” said the goal­keeper.

“It was very much as tough a test as we ex­pected. We were dis­ap­pointed in our per­for­mance, but credit to Charl­ton. They came and did a job on us and con­trolled the game from start to fin­ish.

“With us be­ing the home team, that is the most dis­ap­point­ing thing. We did not re­act well to go­ing 1-0 down. Ul­ti­mately we missed a cou­ple of good chances and it cost us. We did not put our game into them and did not show what we are about.

“It is im­por­tant that we do not get too dis­heart­ened with (Satur­day) be­cause per­for­mances gen­er­ally have been good.

“We have had a tough start in terms of the teams we have played be­cause they are all go­ing to be up and around there, but the per­for­mances we have put in should have brought more points than they have. We have played four and lost three and that is not some­where we wanted to be.

“We pride our­selves on not con­ced­ing goals from set-pieces so, hope­fully, that is a one-off.

“We move on and for the first time this sea­son we will have a full week of train­ing ahead of Sun­day (at Portsmouth). That will be good for us, get­ting full ses­sions in. We have not been bril­liant away so it is a great chance to put that right.”

Vis­it­ing man­ager Karl Robin­son played down his side’s dom­i­nance, say­ing: “This was a very dif­fi­cult game. You can’t say we were con­clu­sively bet­ter. We will not get car­ried away with our per­for­mance, but I was so happy for our goal­keeper and two cen­tre­backs who were im­mense.

“I hope Proc­tor is not too se­ri­ous, I re­ally do. You never want to see a player sus­tain a long-term in­jury against your team. We wish him a speedy re­cov­ery.”

Of the in­ci­dent that led to Charl­ton’s sec­ond goal, Robin­son said: “It was def­i­nitely not a foul. You could see once we scored I was more wor­ried about the player who was in­jured – I don’t think you see me cel­e­brate. At the same time, you can’t ex­pect Ricky (Holmes) to put the ball out of play. He shouldn’t have to kick it out, my play­ers have to win a game of foot­ball.”


Rother­ham United striker Jamie Proc­tor misses the tar­get un­der pres­sure be­fore later be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal with a knee in­jury.

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