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Marshall on missed chances, fighting spirit and succumbing to the chaos factor

Scott laments missed chances after fine first half performance and admits we just conceded one corner too many...

15 December 2018

"I enjoyed it today," said caretaker boss Scott Marshall upon his return to Rotherham where he had played as a loanee. "The nerves of first team football jangling, I enjoyed that. It was good to see a dressing room focussed and ready to work for each other. I enjoyed being around all that today."

"We worked tremendously hard right throughout the 95 minutes. But the pressure was building and the balls were coming into the box, which they filled with numbers.

"It was really tough to deal with all afternoon. But we showed some real quality at times and some great chances earlier in the game.

"We could have been out of sight at the end of the first half. And you knew, with one goal in it it  made it a bit cagey.

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"And we knew there was going to be a right scrap at the end - and all it takes for the ball to bounce in the right area for them and they can score.

"The style that they have and the pressure they put you under in the box, at 1-0 it was always going to be a tough five minutes towards the end. And so it proved. But we've come away with a good point I think."

Rotherham had lost only once at the New York Stadium all season, unbeaten at home since the opening day of the 2018-19 campaign. But the Royals, missing four first team centre-halves, came within a whisker of winning and keeping a clean sheet.

"We were really dangerous on the break - there were some really good counter attacks and we would probably have like to establish a bit more possession and control of the ball in the second half.

"That would have been my preferred method of defence, keeping the ball and moving them around a little bit better, controlling the game a little bit that way.

"But the conditions made it difficult to maintain that throughout the game, not to mention the opposition who didn't make it easy for us either.

"They are good at what they do in terms of putting the ball in the box and putting you under pressure. And it was a big physical challenge. So I'm happy with the spirit we showed under pressure.

"The chances we'd missed and how well we played in the first half was probably in the back of your mind a little bit - not taking those chances and getting that two-goal cushion meant we had to be really brave in possession of the ball in the second half and try to control it that way.

"You can't relax for a minute. We expected a barrage at the end with only a goal in it, and we knew they would be getting that ball into the box and looking for that chaos factor - and it just so happened that we conceded one corner too many in the end.

"So we'll take the point from today and work towards the next one at home to Middlesbrough."

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