"Powerful, relentless, ruthless" ... rival boss has nothing but praise for high-flying Rotherham United

"Powerful, relentless, ruthless" ... rival boss has nothing but praise for high-flying Rotherham United

By Paul Davis | 20/11/2021

'Powerful, relentless, ruthless' ... rival boss has nothing but praise for high-flying Rotherham United
Freddie Ladapo seals victory with a header. Picture by Dave Poucher

OPPOSITION boss Mark Bonner tipped Rotherham United to be a Championship side next season after watching his team become the Millers' latest victims this afternoon.

Paul Warne's were 3-1 winners over Cambridge United at AESSEAL New York Stadium as they extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches and moved up to second in the League One table

U's head coach Bonner said: "We have come up against a team who are outstanding and way above the level athletically of anyone we have played this season.

"They are a powerful, aggressive, hard-running, relentless and ruthless team. I would be amazed if they don't get promoted. It would be a good side who finished above them."

Rotherham took the spoils with goals from Ben Wiles, Dan Barlaser (penalty) and Freddie Ladapo but didn't have everything their own way against spirited visitors who fought back to 2-1 early in the second half.

"For large periods of the game we were well in it," Bonner added. "We have had to work incredibly hard to be in that game."

The Millers were without top scorer Michael Smith (banned) and key midfield man Ollie Rathbone (illness) but still took their goal tally to 20 in their last six outings.

Manager Paul Warne said: "I am a big fan of Cambridge and the way they play. They caused us problems with their counter-attacking. Every time we attacked they seemed to break. They put us under pressure.

"You give credit to strikers, but I think our back three won us the game. They put in some good headers in the six-yard box when the balls were coming in. They take the biggest credit.

"It was one of those games where you think you're doing okay but suddenly they get a goal and you are trying to hang on.

"All in all, I am over the moon we came away with all three points.

"You miss your best players but it doesn't mean you can't win without them. This was a good example that we can win if we're not at our strongest or at our best."


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