‘Coventry outfought us which I don’t like to say’ admits Rotherham United boss Paul Warne

ROTHERHAM UNITED manager Paul Warne acknowledged that his side’s 1-0 home loss to relegation rivals Coventry City represents a significant blow in the Millers’ Championship survival quest.

Coventry City's Matty James, Liam Kelly and Kyle McFadzean (left-right) celebrate after the final whistle as the Rotherham United players appear dejected. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

On a night when the hosts could have swapped places with the Sky Blues and moved out of the bottom three in the Championship, it was the visitors who secured a huge psychological victory in the context of their season thanks to a goal 20 minutes from time from defender Leo Ostigard.

Playing their second game in 48 hours after Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over QPR, the Millers produced a jaded performance in their third match in six days.

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Warne admitted that Coventry – thwarted by the heroics of Viktor Johansson in the first half – were worthy winners on a night when the hosts created little.

Rotherham's Michael Smith takes on Coventry's Liam Kelly. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

A strength-sapping schedule of four matches in nine days – in a spell which Warne has labelled as ‘the Week of Death’ – ends when the Millers welcome another side in the relegation picture in Birmingham City on Sunday.

Warne said: “I think we got what we deserved. Coventry were significantly better than us on the night.

“They started the game on the front foot and outfought us which I don’t like to say. Viktor kept us in the game.

“We looked a bit jaded. I can have no complaints on the scoreline. We will try and pick them up and go again Sunday, but it was a blow.

“We have to play these games. It is just unfortunate for us with the order they go in. I would have loved to have played this game with more rest.

“We didn’t have much of a threat. Collectively we just weren’t great. We didn’t create anything and that’s disappointing.

“The lads still know they are in a real scrap and hopefully their character will shine through.”

Rotherham are four points behind fourth from bottom Derby County, with two games in hand.

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