Rotherham United quickly rediscover the ups and down of life in the Championship after defeat to MIllwall

Michael Ihiekwe quickly found out how football can come back to bite you.

Sunday, 20th September 2020, 12:13 pm
Rotherham United's Michael Ihiekwe was the hero last week at Wycombe but his mistake led to what would be the winning goal for Millwall at the New York Stadium on Saturday.

Last week the Rotherham defender was the hero, scoring an injury-time winner to give his side the three points at Wycombe.

Seven days on, it was his error that gifted Millwall all three points in a game that the Millers deserved something from.

The centre-back, who had otherwise been flawless, let a long ball slip under his foot, allowing Jed Wallace to race in on goal and score the only goal of the game.

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Ihiekwe was not helped by his goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, who bizarrely came running out, but the blame lies with the Millers defender.

It was a shame for him as it was another impressive display by the Liverpudlian, who again wore the armband.

It was also a shame that it proved to be the pivotal moment in the game as the Millers were punished for that mistake – and also failing to make their domination count.

“He won the game for us last week so mistakes are going to happen, it is just a pity it is pivotal on the result,” Warne said.

“If it had ended up being 2-1 or something and we lost it wouldn't be so hard for him but he is a strong land, he will be alright.”In truth, Ihiekwe's gaffe should not have mattered. Rotherham had enough of the game to have taken something out of the game, yet ended up paying the price they have done on so many occasions over the years in the Championship.

Warne could have been downbeat after the game, but instead he was optimistic about the level of performance his side showed.

The boss added: “It sounds odd, I am happier this week than I was last week, I know it's about results, I thought our performance was really good, on another day we could have won it.

“Millwall defended our crosses really well so fair play to them and I think they are a top eight side.

“The lads can take loads of confidence from it, we had some really outstanding performances, but it is about taking chances, you don't get many chances in the Championship to score.“Unfortunately we gave them theirs. We don't get many, we had a chance in the first half that we probably should have taken and I was hoping for the net to rattle in the second half but it wasn't to be.

“From a performance point of view and how much the lads gave for the club I can't be prouder. To come away with nothing is disappointing.”

Warne’s opposite number Gary Rowett recognised Millwall were fortunate t come away with three points.

He said: "I thought it was a very difficult game. Rotherham want to drag you into a really physical game which they're really good at.

"Rotherham test you and make it really difficult with their big physical strikers.

"We get a little bit of fortune with the goal but Jed (Wallace) nevertheless anticipates it well and takes it well."

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