Rotherham have been cut to 4/5 in bwin’s Championship relegation odds after they lost at basement dwellers Ipswich and Reading beat Nottingham Forest.
The Millers had 18 attempts on goal at Portman Road compared to three by their hosts, but loan star Will Keane produced the only successful strike for Town on 31 minutes.
Paul Warne insisted: “I thought we played really well and I’ve got no complaints about the lads’ performance at all.
“We needed a bit of quality on a couple of occasions, but generally they were pretty outstanding and should be proud of what they try to do for us.
“I don’t think anyone would have any complaints if we would have at least got a draw, it just didn’t drop to us and it just wasn’t to be.”
That result left Rotherham stuck on 25 points, with Ipswich moving up to 18 but still rated as hot favourites to go down at 7/50.
Paul Lambert commented: “The first half I thought we were very good, really strong and worked the ball.
“But they made it difficult in the second half and I don’t think there was two passes strung together; just long balls and thrown-ins and set-plays.
“However, the pleasing thing is we defended fantastic. I felt we dealt with it really, really well.”
Welcome boost for Royals
Reading remain in the bottom three but a 2-0 win over Forest lifted them up to 23 points and they are now 9/20 in bwin’s Championship relegation odds.
Midfielder John Swift tucked home Mo Barrow’s low cross on 23 minutes, before the visitors had two players sent off in the second half and then scored a late own goal.
The Royals won for the first time in 11 league games and it was a maiden victory for new manager Jose Gomes at the fifth attempt.
He said: “We now need to recapture the good things that we did, the intelligent way that we started playing this match.
“The way that we did the pressing movements and the way that we recovered the ball in midfield; we must keep this for the future and show the same behaviour in the upcoming matches.”
Bolton slipped to second from bottom on 22 points after losing 2-1 at Bristol City and have been cut to 11/50 for the drop.
Wanderers took a 58th-minute lead against the run of play through Will Buckley’s header, but in-form City soon stormed back with goals from Matty Taylor and Kasey Palmer.
“What disappointed me was that we conceded two soft goals,” said Phil Parkinson. “I have no problem with the application of my players, but we will need to defend better if we are to climb the table.”
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