Boss Paul Warne's reaction to Rotherham United's loss against Swansea City

Shaun MacDonald in action against Swansea City. Picture by Kerrie BeddowsShaun MacDonald in action against Swansea City. Picture by Kerrie Beddows
Shaun MacDonald in action against Swansea City. Picture by Kerrie Beddows
BOSS Paul Warne said there was no shame in defeat after watching his Rotherham United side lose out to Championship pace-setters Swansea City.

The Millers threatened a revival when they cut the deficit from 2-0 to 2-1 in the second half at AESSEAL New Stadium but went on to lose 3-1 to their second-placed visitors.

"I don't think there was much else we could do," Warne said. “We were just undone by a little bit of extra quality.

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"Sometimes you have to accept the fact that the opposition are that bit better than you."

Rotherham remain third bottom in the table, three points from safety but with two games in hand.

Substitute Freddie Ladapo brought them back into the contest after superb first-half strikes from Conor Hourihane and Matt Grimes for the Swans who wrapped up the contest with another brilliant finish, from Jay Fulton, following a 75th-minute breakaway

“I thought we played all right in the first half," Warne said. "Swansea didn't really cut us open. You're fearful because Swansea are a really good team.

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“Hourihane's first goal was a great finish. I think the second goal was avoidable but it was another great strike. We went in at half-time and just tweaked it a little bit. We weren't overly disappointed with our performance.

"The game was pretty close but we didn't have enough of an injection of pace or win enough second balls.

"I thought our lads gave a good account of themselves second half.  We made loads of changes and at 2-1 I thought the game could have gone in either direction. With 20 minutes left, I honestly thought we would get something."

Swansea boss Steve Cooper said: “It was really pleasing. To score three goals and get three points away from home is a good return.

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“We scored three brilliant goals. They were class finishes and from good moves. It is how we want to play the game.

“We are disappointed with the goal we conceded. It was the only real chance Rotherham had in the game."