Rotherham United: Mixed mood for Alan Stubbs after first Millers match v Wolves

Danny Ward scores
Danny Ward scores
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New boss Alan Stubbs described today’s draw with Wolves as “two points dropped” as Rotherham United opened their Championship campaign at a packed AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Stubbs, taking charge of his first ever Millers game, saw his men race into a 2-0 lead, and the home side were still 2-1 up when a red card reduced the visitors to 10 men early in the second half.

Danny Ward and the Millers celebrate

Danny Ward and the Millers celebrate

But a 65th-minute strike by Icelandic Euro 2016 star Jon Dadi Bodvarsson dashed Rotherham’s hopes of victory.

“Right now it feels like it is two points dropped rather than a point gained,” he said. “Their two goals were sloppy and ones we should have prevented.”

The Millers flew out of the blocks, with goals from Danny Ward and debutant Will Vaulks inside the first 20 minutes.

“There were a lot of positives to take,” Stubbs added. “I thought we looked a real threat and went 2-0 up. Then I thought we sorted to make one or two wrong decisions, which didn’t reflect those of the first 25 which got us a lot of joy.

“It was mixed. I was pleased with certain elements and a part of me was frustrated as we didn’t get a reward for the position we put ourselves in.

“We dropped too deep as the game was going on and then we gave ourselves some problems. I am disappointed because we should have taken three points today.”

Vaulks’ goal was a 25-yard stunner, and the midfield man plans to keep shooting from range.

“Get used to it,” he grinned. “I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but I’m delighted with the goal.”

Click here for Paul Davis’s on-the-whistle match report