Rotherham United: Skipper Frecklington rues wasted Millers opportunity

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Captain Lee Frecklington believes Rotherham United threw away a golden chance to move out of the Championship drop zone on Saturday.

The skipper says the players let themselves down as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Wolves when a draw would have been enough to lift them clear of the relegation places.

“It’s very frustrating. I think that’s the best way to describe how we’re feeling,” he said.

“We’ve come off the back of two great results and I think we feel we’ve let ourselves down a little bit today. It was a great opportunity to add to the points tally.”

Rotherham, who had won their previous two matches, remain a point away from a survival spot.

Behind 2-1 at the break, they enjoyed territorial superiority in the second half but couldn’t find a breakthrough as Wolves defended in numbers.

“I don’t we think we created much all game,” Frecklington added. “We huffed and puffed, worked hard and got it up there, but we didn’t really have too many clear-cut chances.

“At the other end we’ve conceded two poor goals from our point of view. Eventually, that’s cost us.”

Rotherham went into the match confident they could take something against a Wolves side who had lost one and drawn three of their previous four matches.

“The mood was good beforehand, of course it was,” Frecklington revealed. “We’ve gone into the game trying to build on the two previous results. We were disappointed when their first goal went in and maybe that did knock us a little bit.”

The Millers were behind after five minutes and then, after Joe Newell’s equaliser, gave away a killer second goal at a corner just before the break to change manager Neil Redfearn’s half-time team talk.

“It was a bad time to concede and it was a poor goal from our point of view,” Frecklington said.

“We’re not happy when we concede from set-pieces, and right on the stroke of half-time is not ideal as well. If we go in at 1-1, it’s a different game in the second half.

Click here for Paul Davis’s Millers v Wolves match verdict and reaction

“It’s more a case of us not playing well than them being better. Obviously, they’ve taken their chances. They’ve got in front and than sat in and made it difficult.

“Once you’ve got the lead, it is always easier. But I don’t think we were at the races as much as we have been and we weren’t at the standard we’ve set in the previous two games.”

After a disappointing day, the 30-year-old is calling on the squad to lift themselves for Friday’s clash at Blackburn Rovers who were 2-0 winners at Bristol City at the weekend.

“We just have to bounce back now,” he said. “We can’t dwell on it. We’ve got another game coming on Friday.”

The Millers hope to have defender Stephen Kelly back from injury at Ewood Park, but teenage centre-half Farrend Rawson will be out after having surgery on his troublesome groin.