Manager's reaction ... Paul Warne on Rotherham United's opening-day point against Swansea City

Manager's reaction ... Paul Warne on Rotherham United's opening-day point against Swansea City

By Paul Davis | 30/07/2022

Manager's reaction ... Paul Warne on Rotherham United's opening-day point against Swansea City
Goal delight for Chiedozie Ogbene. Picture by Dave Poucher

MANAGER Paul Warne rued the chance that got away after watching his Rotherham United side begin life back in the Championship with a 1-1 draw at home to Swansea City.

The Millers boss was happy with an opening-day point against a strong Swans outfit but knew it could have been all three.

New boy Cohen Bramall looked like he was going to cap an impressive debut off the bench with the winning goal in the closing stages but didn't get enough power in his shot and Andy Fisher made the save.

"I thought Cohen could have taken the net off towards the end," Warne said. "That would have given us a grandstand finish."

Rotherham led early on through a Chiedozie Ogbene header and were pegged back by a stunning long-range strike from Harry Darling before the break.

"I thought the lads worked really hard out of possession," Warne said. "I thought the crowd 'got' it - they know the quality of the opposition. It's not a League One game where you can throw the kitchen sink in the last 20 minutes.

"I was really pleased with the performance against a really good team. We have conceded a 30-yard screamer from a £1.5-million centre-half. There is no shame in that.

"We limited Swansea to very few attempts on goal, although in fairness they did miss a gilt-edged chance (Michael Obafemi in the second half).

The manager handed out five debuts and reserved particular praise for centre-half Cameron Humphreys.

"Cameron played really well," he said. "When he gets fitter he will be really good. Grant (Hall) will be ace when he's fit too.

"It is very hard to get a point in this league. The lads are exhausted."

The Millers created more opportunities than the visitors but Swans boss Russell Martin thought his team deserved victory.

"I am frustrated with the scoreline," he said. "I thought we created more than enough to win.

"Paul (Warne) will say they had some shots, but we had some excellent chances.

"When they scored there was a bit of anxiety, but the way we recovered was brilliant."