Rotherham United were victorious at the AESSEAL New York Stadium against Swansea City thanks to two second half penalties, which helped the Millers to come from behind to beat the Swans.
Midfielder Ryan Manning, on loan from QPR, grabbed both goals in the second half from the penalty spot after referee Tony Harrington gave a foul on Jamie Proctor by Kristoffer Nordfeldt and then handball by captain Leroy Fer as the Millers turned the game on it’s head to win 2-1 following Oli McBurnie’s first half strike that gave the visitors the lead at the break.
The game saw Swansea dominate for large parts of the game and somehow they ended up throwing away the lead and the Millers claimed their first win since their victory over Derby County on September 15.
Millers Chief Paul Warne spoke to the assembled media as he praised his side’s character after they came from behind to win:
“I’m not going to tell a lie,” said Warne. “I wasn’t happy with our performance. In fairness, I think the lads gave everything they had. They were significantly better than us, virtually in every department for the majority of the game. No one in the dressing room is proud of the performance but we’re proud of the result. I’m definitely proud of the character of my team.
“At 1-0, the game’s still alive. I was happy to get them in at half-time at 1-0, to be honest. We rode our luck at the start of the second half and Marek pulled off a couple of great saves. We just stuck in there and the character that we waffle on about at times came good for us.
“For us to get a 2-1 win out of a disappointing performance is impressive and at least we can send the fans home happy – which I’d actually like to mention because they’ve stuck with the players today. They realised how good a side Swansea were and how difficult it was for us to even put a glove on them at times. I’d like to thank them for that.
Graham Potter’s men were one of the best sides that our man Russ had seen at the AESSEAL New York Stadium and that showed as they dominated for large parts during the encounter and Warne said he thought it was difficult for the lads to compete.
“It’s difficult for us because we have to be at our best to compete against these amazing teams,” continued Warne. “But the lads are really proud. They stick their chest out and go and play and perform every week. It’s probably as good as away team that have played here. Swansea were just unbelievable, they were moving the ball quick, they hardly played a bad pass. They were rapid.
“I think 99 percent of our fans appreciate the task our lads have ahead of them. They kept with them and I changed the system twice.
“It ended up like a 20-minute game. All the unfortunate luck we’ve had at the start of the season has sort of been wrapped up to give us a bit of fortune today.
“Did we deserve it? Possibly not. But the character of the lads to keep going probably did.
“The lads can be pretty chuffed with themselves even though they haven’t played to their best today against a really good Swansea team. I’d like to harp on about them because they were excellent. They’ll be hugely disappointed not to come away with something. But in football, sometimes, the best team doesn’t always win.”
Speaking after the game Swansea winger Daniel James said his side have got to learn their lesson after letting a one goal lead slip at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
James, who set up striker McBurnie to score the only goal of the game for Potter’s side, played well as they dominated large parts but he believes the Swans can benefit from lessons of defeat in South Yorkshire.
“We were so disappointed because three points were there for the taking,” he said.
“We played well in the first half and led deservedly. We created a lot of chances but we just didn’t take them.
“It’s a big learning curve for us, as was the Ipswich game.
“We needed to put the game to bed but we didn’t, and that came back to haunt us.
“We kept them in it because of our failure to kill off the game. There are always reasons for why you lose a game, and it’s something we must learn from.
“If we do that then it’s something that will benefit us going forward.”
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