Moore slams ‘pathetic’ defence

RONNIE Moore has said the Millers defenders he branded ‘pathetic’ can have no complaints if they lost their place to a potential loanee.

Rotherham dropped out of the League Two automatic promotion places on Tuesday night after slipping to a 3-1 defeat at Gillingham.

And Moore had no hesitation in pointing fingers at his defence.

“The back four were pathetic in their defending on Tuesday night,” he said.

“We were weak and couldn’t handle Cody McDonald at all.

“He ran us ragged and they couldn’t handle him using his weight.

“If you defend like that you’re not going to win games.

“You’ve got to keep clean sheets in games like this that are always going to be tight.

“I’ve said to them if I do a bit of business this week then there’s not one of them who can come knocking at my door asking why.

“I’ve had enough and that’s it.”

Moore quashed speculation Ryan Cresswell might be ready for a return for Saturday’s trip to Oxford United but does expect the Swinton-born centre half to return to training fully this week.

The Millers boss will instead look to the loan market for possible options while also finalising the deal to bring a winger to the club.

McDonald put the Gills ahead after just five minutes but Nicky Law drew the Millers level soon after with a stunning free kick.

Gillingham went back in front nine minutes before the break when McDonald drilled home from a tight angle to take his tally to 17 for the season.

And Denis Oli sealed the win with an effort off the post.

Moore was also unhappy with the incident that forced keeper Andy Warrington to be substituted after just half an hour.

Warrington suffered severe cuts when Gills midfielder Curtis Weston caught him after chasing down the ball which the Millers keeper collected.

Weston was booked for the challenge but Moore expected a more severe punishment.

He said: “He was very, very fortunate that he only got a yellow card.

“Andy’s had stitches in three big cuts on his face and you’re telling me that wasn’t malicious.

“Things like that need to be scrubbed out.

“Once the keeper’s got hold of it you can’t go for it.”