Reaction from manager Paul Warne as Rotherham United reclaim top spot with victory over Bolton Wanderers

Two-goal Michael Smith. Picture by Dave PoucherTwo-goal Michael Smith. Picture by Dave Poucher
Two-goal Michael Smith. Picture by Dave Poucher

ROTHERHAM United boss Paul Warne admitted he felt like a "lucky manager" after watching his team climb back to the top of League One with a 2-1 triumph at AESSEAL New York Stadium today.

Two headers from striker Michael Smith, who took his goal tally for the season to 17, were enough to see off a spirited challenge from Bolton Wanderers who were playing their first game in three weeks because of a Covid outbreak in their camp.

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The Trotters wasted two golden chances in stoppage time to equalise, including a shot over the bar with the last kick of the contest.

Warne said: “I didn't think we were at our best but we were up against a really good Bolton team.

"I thought the first half was pretty even and I was disappointed with the goal we conceded.

"Second half, I thought we were really good, a bit more like us. Obviously we got the lead but in the last two minutes we could have drawn it. Thankfully, we managed to win it.

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"I did feel like it was an absolute 'banana skin' game for us. We didn't have great management in the last five minutes and they could have taken a point off us.

"I stand here as a lucky manager because we could have drawn."

Smith struck in the 40th and 74th minutes, with Bolton equalising in the 42nd minute through Eoin Doyle.

"Smudge got two good goals. I thought the second was excellent. It was a great bit of football," Warne said.

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Bolton manager Ian Evatt said: "I am not going to say one negative about those boys because I know what they have gone through.

"This is a tough place to come to at the best of times when you have a fully-fit squad.

"The difference on the day was just taking chances. We had two huge ones at the end. It was a magnificent effort. The players played to the game-plan as best they could given the condition they were in."