Peterborough United were not football geniuses, but they carried a threat up front, according to Rotherham United manager

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne admitted his side struggled to cope with Peterborough United’s pace and threat up top today (January 25).

Saturday, 25th January 2020, 8:37 pm
Ivan Toney of Peterborough United in action with Richard Wood of Rotherham United. Photo: Joe Dent/

Posh won 2-1 with goals from Ivan Toney and Sammie Szmodics against a team who started the day at the top of the League One table.

Rotherham can get back to the top on Tuesday (January 28) when they host new leaders Ipswich Town.

Warne said: “We get criticised all the time for the way, supposedly, we play. but I don’t think Peterborough were football geniuses. They just kept turning us all the time and we found it hard to deal with their pace up front.

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Sammie Szmodics of Peterborough United celebrates scoring to make it 2-0. Photo: Joe Dent/

“They kept us pegged back quite a lot and we played too straight-lined. We didn’t have any guile today. When we did put crosses in, we did make the keeper make saves.

“For the first 20 minutes we didn’t press with enough intensity. I was quite happy to get in at half-time, 1-2 down. I expected the team to perform to a higher level second half. But it just wasn’t a good game in fairness.

“We had too many off par today, which is disappointing because we’ve been on a really good run. We just didn’t seem at our glorious best today. I thought when they asked us a lot of questions second-half we didn’t have good enough answers.

Rotherham were without in-form striker Kyle Vassell because of injury and key midfielder Matt Crooks pulled out of the game in the morning because if a personal issue.