Danny Cowley


Cowley delighted by Lincoln’s performance in victory at Rotherham

August 10, 2019

Lincoln manager Danny Cowley felt his side put in the perfect away display to defeat Rotherham 2-0.​The visitors ran out comfortable winners thanks to goals either side of the break and kept up their 100 per cent start to the League One campaign following last season’s promotion.​​Rotherham’s Shaun MacDonald turned into his own net from Tyler Walker’s cross and then Harry Anderson powered in a header after ghosting into the box from a corner.​​Cowley was full of praise for his players’ efforts in picking up three points.​“I thought we showed resilience, determination and grit which are attributes you need if you’re going to win away from home,” he said.​​“I thought we worked hard in the first half to build a foundation and scored from two really well-worked set-pieces and kept a clean sheet so in terms of an away win, that was all the ingredients you need.​​“But we are not going to get carried away. We’ve got 44 more points to find.​​“We were playing against a team who have just come down from the Championship and we all know the difference between the Championship and League One, let alone League Two where we have come from.​​“We knew there was going to be a huge gap to bridge. I’m just really proud of the boys and their efforts.​​“The goal gave us a good position in the game at half time and I was really pleased with the second half. We came out and played the game in their half.”​​Rotherham’s manager Paul Warne feels his new players are still adjusting to their new surroundings.​Warne said: “It wasn’t a great game or spectacle and the conditions played a major role in that.​​“I don’t think we played as well second half as we did in the first half. We just didn’t take our chances when we were on top and we got sucker-punched.​​“I think if we would have scored first half, when we were on top, and we had plenty of chances to do that, the game would have taken a different path. But it wasn’t to be.​​“Lincoln, and I don’t blame them for doing this, slowed the game down literally to its death and it frustrated our players.​​“We didn’t make their keeper work hard enough. I wasn’t over the moon with the performance. We didn’t do enough to warrant a draw. The effort was there but the confidence wasn’t.​​“We have players who have only played together for three or four games. It’s going to take a little bit of time to gel.”