Pride in de­feat for Millers chief Warne

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

ROTHER­HAM UNITED were sunk by ex-Miller Lewis Grab­ban.

The striker’s 86th-minute penalty fi­nally broke Rother­ham’s re­solve on an af­ter­noon when man­ager Paul Warne’s side had set them­selves up to frus­trate and con­tain their hosts.

Their plan worked well with For­est only al­lowed rare sights of goal – right up un­til Ben Os­born had his heels clipped in the area by Ryan Williams.

Grab­ban, who scored 18 goals in 43 ap­pear­ances for the Millers in 2011-12, was the coolest man in the City Ground as he net­ted from the spot to se­cure three hard­fought for points.

De­feat stretched Rother­ham’s run with­out an away win at Cham­pi­onship level to 30 matches – a record reach­ing back to April 9, 2016.

Four­teen vis­its to For­est have also failed to pro­duce a win, but Warne was far from dispir­ited.

He could have ar­gued that For­est’s Ad­lene Gue­dioura was slightly for­tu­nate not to col­lect a sec­ond yel­low card for a foul on Williams early in the sec­ond half, but he re­fused to com­plain about that and ad­mit­ted the penalty de­ci­sion was prob­a­bly the right call.

In­stead he said: “I am proud of these play­ers – that is my over­all feel­ing.

“I am dis­ap­pointed with a few things, as you al­ways are when you have lost, but one mis­take has cost us here. I think the goal was one of their few shots on tar­get.

“I am not the sort of man­ager who comes out and blames the ref­eree for re­sults, that is pa­thetic.

“I think if you watch the high­lights you can form your own opin­ion (over the Gue­dioura in­ci­dent).

“There are turn­ing points in games all the time and it was a big mo­ment, but that is not why we have lost the game.

“I do not have any com­plaints about the penalty. I haven’t seen it back, but if it was down the other end would I want a penalty? Darn right I would.

“Over­all the lads have given me ev­ery­thing. I am proud to be their man­ager. I feel sorry for them that they have come away with noth­ing be­cause they de­served some­thing.”


CRUNCH: Not­ting­ham For­est’s Saidy Janko is chal­lenged by Rother­ham United’s Kyle Vas­sell at the City Ground.

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