Rotherham United miss Paul Warne's 'dream' finish against Huddersfield Town

Paul Warne was denied the dream finish he felt his Rotherham United team deserved, but he would not complain too much about a 0-0 draw at Huddersfield Town.

It should have been better, Matty Crooks and Lewis Wing hitting the woodwork and Ben Wiles missing an excellent chance at the death.

“Eighty-seventh minute, that is dreamworks,” said Warne of Wiles's moment. “As a manager you just think score that, get it out of play and hang on.

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“Initially I thought Crooksy was going to get in on it. Wilesy's performance today was outstanding so there's no criticism of him but a goal would have been fully derserved for his performance but it wasn't to be.

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne

“A point on the road with the way results have gone was good but three points would have been a really special day.

“Ben's performance, like a lot of the other lads, deserved three points.

“I thought our performance was really good, better than the scoreline suggests, I don't think it was a 0-0 bore draw. Unfortunately we didn't take our chances, the keeper's made a couple of great saves, a goal disallowed, a couple off the woodwork.

“Apart from a 15, 20-minute spell in the first half where we couldn't get the ball back and when we did we just gave it straight back to them, I them we controlled parts of the game but unfortunately we didn't get the goal our play deserved.

“On the side of the pitch, any football manager will tell you you're only one beat away from a heart attack so you always feel like there's pressure building but the only time I felt we were really open was on the counter-attack. There was one moment when Duanne Holmes broke and it got stuck in the pitch.

“Viktor (Johansson) made a couple of good saves, but he dominated his area pretty well and helped the back three and apart from a 20-minute spell I thought we were comfortable and I don't think anyone could have complained if we'd won 1-0.”

Rotherham now have to prepare for two midweek games as they start to clear the backlog of fixtures caused by Covid-19 and the weather.

“We're back in tomorrow,” said Warne. “They're just all big games. I don't know how much we can get out of the lads because they leave everything on the pitch, we just have to repair them as best we can.”

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