'Unplayable' ... Paul Warne's verdict on Chiedozie Ogbene as top-dog Rotherham United win again

By Paul Davis | 18/01/2020

'Unplayable' ... Paul Warne's verdict on Chiedozie Ogbene as top-dog Rotherham United win again
Chiedozie Ogbene threatens against Bristol Rovers. Pictures by Steve Mettam

MANAGER Paul Warne saluted the performance of game-changing winger Chiedozie Ogbene after Rotherham United had won for the fifth match in a row to remain top of League One.

Flyer Ogbene turned the contest against Bristol Rovers in the Millers' favour following the break with two assists and his first goal for the club.

​The 3-0 victory at AESSEAL New York Stadium saw Rotherham stay ahead of second-placed Wycombe Wanderers and Warne said: "Chiedozie's goal that was reward for his second-half performance. I thought he was unplayable.​

"He will have a great career if he keeps playing at that level."

The Millers were well below their usual standards in the opening half but turned on the style when they were playing towards the North Stand in the second period.

Kyle Vassell scores

Kyle Vassell, scoring his fifth goal in five games, and striker partner Michael Smith put them in control from Ogbene crosses within eight minutes of the restart and the wide man added the third in the dying minutes.

“We got in good positions in the first half but the final ball wasn't the best," Warne said.

“Rovers did create chances. They had a right go. Overall I thought we deserved to win but I think if they had got a goal to make it 2-1 it could have been a much worse day.​

"Since December, we have been more like what I expect us to be like. The levels have improved in training and the lads out of the team are desperate to get in.

"It just keeps pushing standards up. That pleases me as much as anything.

"There is nothing nicer than knowing you are top of the league but with that comes pressure and people wanting to knock you off your perch. The longer you stay up there, the better.​"

Rovers caretaker boss Kevin Maher rued a third-minute missed chance by Millers old boy Jonson Clarke-Harris.

"If Jonson takes his chance it's a different game," he said. "On another day, that goes in and it can be a lot different.​

"Once Rotherham got the second goal it killed us really. We knew their threats and we spoke about doing the basics right. We did that in the first half but second half not as much and that cost us.​"

 



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