'Everything but the finishing touch' - Paul Warne on a point for Rotherham United against Huddersfield Town

Usually Rotherham celebrate every point they get in the Championship.

Sunday, 11th April 2021, 4:04 pm
Matt Crooks of Rotherham United shoots at goal and hits the post during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United at John Smith's Stadium. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Under normal circumstances a goalless draw in a Yorkshire derby at the home of a team recently in the Premier League would be more than satisfactory.

But when you're in a fierce relegation battle, had chances to win the game and saw most of your rivals lose, a point cannot be classed as good enough.

The Millers made marginal gains on Coventry and Derby, but those extra two points that went begging could prove crucial.

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Boss Paul Warne's side are in the midst of run of four games in nine days that will decide their season, so to start off with a point and a clean sheet is a positive at least.

But it could have been so much more, with Lewis Wing hitting the crossbar and forcing the Huddersfield goalkeeper into a fine save before Ben Wiles missed an absolute sitter at the end.

"I thought our performance was really good today," Warne said. "It was better than the 0-0 scoreline suggested but unfortunately we just didn't take it to that next step.

"I thought we bossed the game apart from a 15 to 20-minute spell where we couldn't get the ball back off them.

"This is a big point on the road for us but we would have obviously liked three points, on what is the biggest week of our season.

"They are all big games at the moment and I don't know how much more we can get out of the players.

"As I say, today we had everything apart from the finishing touch.

"When they were in the dressing room the lads felt like it was a defeat but when they saw the other results, they were really pleased.

"As I mentioned, I think that's a good point and I can't ask for any more from the lads.”

It could have been so different when the ball fell to Wiles near the end, but with the goal gaping he put his effort wide.

Warne was philosophic about it, though.

"There's no criticism from me for Wilesy when he missed late on because he had a great game,” he said. It's just one of those misses.

"We're going to need everyone in this period because we're playing virtually every 36 hours."