Rotherham manager Warne gives his take on Lee Gregory’s late chance in Den stalemate

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Rotherham manager Paul Warne reckoned that Semi Ajayi got out of his bad books as Lee Gregory missed a late chance in today’s 0-0 draw with Millwall at The Den.

The Lions’ top-scorer looked almost certain to convert Jed Wallace’s cross – the last action of the contest – but put his effort wide.

And former Charlton man Ajayi chased Gregory back as the home side got a rare counter-attack chance.

“He [Ajayi] should have put it back in the box – it was his fault,” said Warne. “But in fairness to him he has run 90 yards to catch him up and I just don’t think Lee’s expecting Semi to be there and he’s just nicked it off his foot at the death.
“It would’ve been a massive psychological blow for my team to do as well as they did second half – missed a couple of chances – to concede that late on would have been disgusting.

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne 

“I joked with a few lads after that I’d probably throw up a kidney, but I don’t know if I’d go that far.

“It would’ve been a bitter pill to swallow.

“We changed our system. It’s the first time we’ve played three at the back. We came as big and strong as we could. Millwall are big and strong and they cause problems off set-pieces. Cooper is wanted by everyone because he is a threat.

“That’s why I brought Woody back because he is our best competitor.”

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