Rotherham United Reaction - Cherries

Last updated : 19 January 2009 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Speaking on the Clubs Official Web Site, manager Eddie Howe is quoted as saying: "We had some good chances late on and played better with ten men and gave it a right go. I was disappointed with the first half, but we started brightly. As soon as we conceded, we went flat and thats a problem we have had in the past. Confidence gets dented, our belief dips and we struggle. Rotherham put us under a lot of pressure from set pieces and the long throw. I decided to change things at half time and get men a bit further forward, but things just didn't break for us at the end. Rotherham are a difficult side to break down. They have experienced players out there who know their jobs and their set pieces are their main threat and one paid off for them with the long throw and it was a good finish from the lad. Rhoys Wiggins did well and gave me everything and he gave me good energy up and down the line. David Button in goal was maybe a little nervous in the first half, but that has to be expected and looked more assured as the game went on. Jake Thomson showed flashes of what he's all about, especially in the first half when he got some good crosses in, so I was pleased with all three".

For his part, Mark Molesley is quoted in the Bournemouth Evening Echo as saying: "Everyone is very down at the moment, but we've got to pick ourselves up quickly. We rallied hard in the last 15 or 20 minutes and really gave it a go. I should have scored and we had a few other chances late on, so we could have got ourselves back in the game. I ran a long way and I thought 'If this comes in I'm going to head it' and I changed my body shape to go and head it, but it dropped a little bit short and I was running out of room. I just wanted to get a touch on it and I did, but it wasn't the one I wanted. I'm gutted and I feel responsible because if that had gone in we would have had a point. Jason Pearce had a great chance that was going in the top corner but the keeper somehow tipped it around the post, but it's all 'what ifs' and we can't keep saying that. We have to turn those chances into goals. We can't keep making excuses and looking for excuses. We need to get ourselves out of this.".