Rotherham United 3 Bristol Rovers 0: Paul Warne full of praise for on-song winger

Rotherham boss Paul Warne said this week how Chiedozie Ogbene might be difficult to keep hold of.

Sunday, 19th January 2020, 12:26 pm
Rotherham United v Bristol Rovers Skybet League One Rotherhams Chiedozie Ogbene completes the scoring with Rotherham's third goal

Warne can only hope that the scouts were not listening and decided not to head to the Millers' game with Bristol Rovers.

The flying winger put in a virtuoso display, creating goals for Darius Vassell and Michael Smith and then put the finishing touches on this win with his first goal for the club.

Warne has always wanted pace and power in his team and in an era when out-and-out wingers are going out of fashion, Ogbene is proving it is still cool to beat a man, get to the byline and cross for the striker.

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Warne described the former Brentford man as “unplayable” and his tipped him for a bright future.

He said: “Chiedozie got the goal that was reward for his second half performance. I thought he was unplayable.

“We got in good positions first half but the final ball wasn't the best. He will have a great career if he keeps playing at that level.”

Ogbene's display helped keep the Millers top of the pile in League One with a fifth straight win.

They did not have it all their own way however, especially in the first half where Rovers created plenty of chances.

But they came good after the break as Ogbene burst to the fore.

First he skinned his marker and sent a fine cross in to Vassell to glance home at the near post.

Incidentally, Warne might have concerns over keeping Vassell as this was the striker's fifth goal in five games.

Two minutes later he was at it again, again leaving the full-back in a spin and delivering a cross that was begging for Smith to convert.

The Millers' third striker Freddie Ladapo wanted a piece of the action and he sent in a low shot which goalkeeper Jordi van Stappershoef palmed away, allowing Ogbene to get on the scoresheet as he coolly slotted home the rebound.

Warned added: “Since December, we have got more like what we expect. The levels have improved in training and the lads out of the team are desperate to get in.

“It just keeps pushing standards up. All the strikers are on song. The difficulty is trying to keep three of them happy.”