No panic from boss Paul Warne as Rotherham United lose to ten-man MK Dons

No panic from boss Paul Warne as Rotherham United lose to ten-man MK Dons

By Paul Davis | 05/03/2022

No panic from boss Paul Warne as Rotherham United lose to ten-man MK Dons
Paul Warne at today's game. Picture by Kerrie Beddows

ROTHERHAM United boss Paul Warne kept calm after watching his table-topping side suffer their first home defeat for six months in League One's match of the day.

The Millers' lead at the summit was cut to four points by the 2-1 loss against third-placed MK Dons.

MK are now within seven points of Rotherham who failed to press home their advantage at AESSEAL New York Stadium this afternoon when they led 1-0 at half-time against ten men.

The Millers were hit by a quickfire Dons double midway through the second half after a Dan Barlaser penalty had put them in front before the interval.

"“There is no drama," said Warne as the final stages of the campaign approach. "You just have to discuss where it went wrong.

"We are not going to walk the next ten games. It's not going to be like that and this is probably a good awakener."

The manager says his side played with too much fear after the break even though a sending-off for Dan Harvie, for bringing down Chiedozie Ogbene to concede the spot-kick, had left MK short on numbers.

“Although we created a few chances second half, I didn't feel like we created enough to take anything out of the game," he said.

"I just thought we played with a bit of fear and did not move the ball quickly enough. It enabled the ten players to get behind the ball and we found it very difficult to break them down.

“To win big games, your big players have to play well and you have to be fearless."

A Harry Darling header and a Mo Eisa shot turned the contest on its head and Michael Smith missed two late chances to equalise for Rotherham.

MK head coach Manning said: “It was extremely eventful and not what we had planned with the penalty and the red card.

“We stayed composed in moments of chaos and pressure. I thought we showed togetherness.

“The guys have got quality in and around the penalty box and even down at ten we remained a threat.”