What Paul Warne said was the reason behind Rotherham United's defeat to Wycombe Wanderers

Rotherham boss Paul Warne says his side's desire to beat Wycombe on Easter Monday led to their humiliating 3-0 loss.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 12:53 pm

The Millers suffered a huge blow in their bid to beat the drop as they were outplayed and outfought by the bottom club.

Results elsewhere went against them, meaning they face an uphill battle to survive yet another drop to League One.

They fell behind to Admiral Muskwe's goal after less than 90 seconds on the clock and there was no way back.

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David Wheeler of Wycombe Wanderers (obscured) celebrates with teammates after scoring their team's third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Wycombe Wanderers at AESSEAL New York Stadium. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Warne says that such was his side's motivation to win what was a crunch match actually impeded them.

“I think the actual occasion took control of some of their performances,” he said. “In a weird way I think the lads wanted to win too much.

“It is difficult picking them up. But we created enough chances to get something.

“It is my job to try and pick them up and the difficulty is every personality is a little bit different.

“I knew it was a big game. But I didn't want the lads to go into it thinking it was a must win.

“After they scored, everything was a bit rushed and there was no tempo to the game. It never got any flow.

“I always knew this was going to be a really tough game. What Wycombe have done this season has been excellent.

“Goals change games and I thought they managed the game really well. They made it really difficult for us and I knew it was going to be the case.

“The first goal had a massive swing in the psyche of both sets of players.”

The Millers must pick themselves up for a Yorkshire derby on Saturday as they visit Huddersfield for the first of four games in nine days that will decide their season.