Paul Warne gives his opinion on Rotherham’s penalty claim in the draw with Bolton

Rotherham manager Paul Warne feels his side should have had a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Bolton.

The Millers were on course for three points against Phil Parkinson’s men after a brilliant free-kick by Will Vaulks put them ahead, not long after Marek Rodak saved Josh Magennis’ penalty.

There were a host of chances to extend the lead, with Michael Smith hitting the post and also shooting straight at Ben Alnwick.

They also could have had a spot-kick after Ryan Manning took a tumble but whistle-happy referee John Brooks awarded Bolton a free-kick and booked the Irishman for diving, with the visitors going on to level five minutes from time through Christian Doidge.

Warne, who has seen the replay, is adamant it was a penalty.

He said: “I honestly think there is contact, I have watched it back eight times, I think there is contact.

“The ref has obviously seen in it from a different angle and has booked him for simulation.

“I think it is a penalty, in the speed of the game sometimes people might get it wrong.”

In truth, the decision should not have affected the outcome of the game, given the number of chances the Millers created but Warne is pragmatic.

“It was a good game if you’re a neutral. Disappointed not to win, even more so because their goal was so late on.

“I never think that it is safe, I am bit more experienced, until the whistle goes I am virtually having a heart attack.

“They had four strikers on so I knew they would create something. It’s a pity we didn’t get a second goal. I thought we created two really good chances from set pieces, on another day they go in and we take three points.”



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