Paul Davis’ Final Verdict - Rotherham United 0 AFC Bournemouth 2

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The Star’s Millers man Paul Davis gives his verdict on Saturday’s 2-0 defeat for Rotherham at home to top-of-the-table Bournemouth.

Viewpoint

Two big games coming up next, Bolton at home and then Charlton away. The Millers need points as a tough run looms after that - Ipswich h, Blackburn a, Derby h, Wolves a and Watford a.

Hero

Whoever had the idea to list Rotherham United fans who had passed away in 2014 in the matchday programme and applaud them before kick-off. A lovely tribute which will mean much to many.

Key moment

Rotherham’s players should have been sucking on their half-time oranges and not still out on the pitch when the first Bournemouth goal was conceded. Bournemouth are too good a side to need any time-keeping assistance.

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Ref watch

Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Not the reason the Millers lost. But he hardly helped matters either. Playing Fergie time at the end of the first half was just the biggest of many mistakes he made on an afternoon he’ll want to forget.

Managers’ view

Steve Evans

“Probably the referee was just getting carried away with the occasion in allowing them the time to put the free-kick into the box. But we should head it clear. We shouldn’t be scoring an own goal from there. It puts us on the back foot. You know then the game hinges on the next goal. If they get the goal it’s going to be very difficult, and they did. But overall I couldn’t have asked any more from the players in terms of effort and determination.”

Eddie Howe

“We have been good defensively on the road and we protected our goal very well. I think whenever you watch us play this season we’ve always looked like we’ve had goals in us and we were quite ruthless when our opportunities came along. That’s a good combination when you are tight defensively and free-scoring. I think we’ve got a good squad. It’s very difficult to pick a team when you are in my position with the strength that we have.”

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