Paul Warne reacts to Rotherham United's opening-day win at AFC Wimbledon

By Paul Davis | 03/08/2019

Paul Warne reacts to Rotherham United's opening-day win at AFC Wimbledon
The Millers in action at Wimbledon. Picture by Jim Brailsford

BOSS Paul Warne says there is work to do after Rotherham United's second-half dip almost cost them victory on League One opening day at AFC Wimbledon.

Having bossed the first half and led 1-0 at the break, the Millers conceded an equaliser after the break and needed a late goal to seal the win.

"We were unplayable at times in the first half," he said. "But I wasn't happy with the second half. We have a lot to work on."

Record buy Freddie Ladapo scored a debut goal to put Rotherham in front and Clark Robertson's low 84th-minute shot was the match-winner following Joe Pigott's 50th-minute leveller.

"I think we should have gone in at the break with a bigger lead," said Warne who praised the backing of the Millers' sold-out away contingent.

“Wimbledon caused us all sorts of problems at the start of the second half.

"It was disappointing conceding from a set-piece. The impetus went towards them. But we still had enough chances to win.

“I’m happy with the victory but there is more to come.

“I’m asking a lot from the lads physically and I’m happy with the bench. I thought the subs had a good positive impact, Wilesy (Ben Wiles) especially.

“They just give us that bit of energy on a hot day on the opening day of the season when everyone was fatiguing."

The fact you are here means you are interested in what goes on in your town.

We want to continue holding local authorities to account, attending court and council meetings, as well as providing breaking news, competitions and offers – but it costs money. Online advertising does not cover costs, therefore we feel the need to ask for your help in ensuring we can provide the best possible coverage, online and in our printed products.
For as little as £1, you can support the Rotherham Advertiser – and it only takes a minute.
Click here to support local news.

Spotted something we should know about?

Call our Newsdesk on 01709 768146
Or email
Message us on Facebook