Paul Warne has given his backing to Danny Ward after the misfiring striker’s finishing woes at Wolves.
Ward missed two golden chances to put Rotherham ahead in the first half at Molineux, twice seeing one-on-one chances saved by Carl Ikeme.
A Millers lead at that time could have seen a nervy Wolves crumble, but the hosts made the most of their escape and won it through Andreas Weimann’s goal in first-half injury time.
It continues a goalscoring drought that has seen him notch just once in 19 league games, but Warne won’t criticise his man.
“He is hugely disappointed and I have got to pick him up because he feels like he has let his team-mates down which he hasn’t,” the boss said.
“I am full of praise for Wardy, he played for weeks with a broken wrist, he has had all that transfer speculation and through my choice he has stayed at the club.
“I wanted him to stay at the club until the end of the season at least and perform. He gives his all to the team every week, some days it’s your day and some days it isn’t and unfortunately for Wardy today wasn’t.”
Both chances were identical as Ward raced clear following throughballs by Tom Adeyemi, but Warne reckons the second miss was influenced by the first.
“In football you can’t get a better chance than a one-on-one, on top of that it being your best player and top goalscorer,” Warne added.
“I don’t know if it’s lack of confidence. He hasn’t scored for a while. The first one I think he tried to nutmeg him, the second one I think the first one played on his mind.
“I don’t think it is a lack of confidence because if you see him in training and before the game he is banging them in. He’s devastated in there.”