‘Embarrassing’ - Rotherham United boss Paul Warne opens up after humiliating defeat to QPR

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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Interim manager Paul Warne said Rotherham fans had good reason to be angry after another defeat – the Millers’ seventh in a row.

The Championship’s bottom side are on the verge of relegation and Warne admitted: “My overriding emotion is of embarrassment.

“I’m clapping our fans at the end and most of them were pretty courteous to me. If they were throwing stuff at me I’d understand why.

“I honestly believe we were the better side in the first half apart from the fact we gave away two howling goals.

“The first goal came from one ball down the channel and the second was an absolute calamity.

“At half-time I said some home truths about our defending, which I thought was abysmal. To then concede two, it’s game over, and you can tell our lads are used to losing. I’m not saying they threw the towel in, because that’s not what they did, but you could tell they just wanted the game to end after 65 minutes.

“In this league, some of our players are being outclassed. I can’t legislate for individual errors of that magnitude.”

Matt Smith put Rangers ahead after five minutes and Luke Freeman restored the lead following Joe Newell’s stunning equaliser.

Yeni N’Gbakoto’s penalty four minutes into the second half made it 3-1, Massimo Luongo headed home eight minutes later – the Australian’s first goal for the club on his 63rd appearance – and captain Nedum Onuoha netted in stoppage-time.

Queens Park Rangers: Smithies, Onuoha, Hall, Lynch, Furlong, Luongo (Goss 74), Freeman (Morrison 63), Bidwell, Sylla, Ngbakoto, Smith (Washington 63). Unused substitutes: Mackie, Ingram, Wszolek, Manning.

I’m clapping our fans at the end and most of them were pretty courteous to me. If they were throwing stuff at me I’d understand why.

Rotherham United manager, Paul Warne.

Rotherham United: Price, Vaulks, Ajayi, Belaid, Purrington, Taylor (Forde 65), Adeyemi, Frecklington, Newell, Ward (Smallwood 85), Yates (Morris 70). Unused substitutes: Blackstock, Bray, Warren, Bilboe.

Referee: A Davies (Hampshire).

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