'We were lucky not to lose,' says rival manager after Rotherham United clash

OPPOSITION boss Carlos Corberan accepted his Huddersfield Town side were fortunate to escape with a point as Rotherham United showed signs that they can still win their battle for Championship survival.
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Carlos Corberan

The third-bottom Millers had to settle for a 0-0 draw at the John Smith's Stadium but hit the woodwork twice, missed two glorious chances, had a goal disallowed and a strong penalty claim rejected in a game they deserved to win.

“We had more than luck," Corboran said after watching the visitors dominate after the break. "They had more chances than we wanted them to. We didn't have the chances we wanted to.

“We can say the point was positive because we didn't compete well enough in the second half to get even that point."

Rotherham closed the gap on safety rivals Coventry City to six points and now face three home games next week - one of them against the Sky Blues - as they start to use up the three or four matches they have in hand on the sides around them in the table.

Corboran admitted that the Millers gave us side so many problems that the Terriers had to keep an extra man in defence so they could cope.

“We couldn't take out one of our centre-backs because as soon as we did that we would lose our height on the pitch to try to defend set-piece situations," he said.

"Even if we were attacking better, it would have been impossible to avoid their long balls, throw-ins, corners and free-kicks. They're a team that are going use these things and fight a lot for the long balls.

“The first half was more equal. We wanted to play better than them in the second half but it was the opposite."

Matt Crooks hit the post for Rotherham and saw an overhead kick ruled out for offside, Lewis Wing hit the bar with a free-kick, captain Richard Wood was pushed over in the area but no spot-kick was awarded and Ben Wiles squandered a golden late opportunity.

Rotherham manager Paul Warne said: "I hope those missed chances don't come back and bite us. Our performance, from the goalkeeper to Michael Smith up top, was pretty excellent.

"I can't have any complaints with the display. I'm hugely disappointed, though, that we haven't come away with three points."