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A thoroughly professional performance - Warnock

19 March 2016

Neil Warnock post Ipswich Town....

Rotherham United manager Neil Warnock dubbed his side’s 1-0 win over Premier League hopefuls Ipswich Town a ‘thoroughly professional performance’ following a result that moved the Millers out of the drop zone.

Leon Best’s third goal in two games on the stroke of half time proved to be the difference at Portman Road as another battling performance from the Millers saw them return to South Yorkshire with maximum points.

The Rotherham United boss was delighted by how his side executed the gameplan in Suffolk and admitted he was pleased to see his team move out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone following the victory over the Tractor Boys.

“It’s no good saying it isn’t, it is nice,” Warnock said when asked about the table standings.

“It just shows you what an achievement this group has done. Four wins and a draw and we are only just out of the bottom three, shows just how far adrift we were.

“I thought it was a thoroughly professional performance if I am honest. As I have said before we are a little limited but we are well-organised and we know what we are doing and we break whenever we can and try to score goals.

“We are not out of the woods by a mile, but it is nice to see yourselves out of the bottom three and putting pressure on other teams.”

Warnock paid tribute to another industrious Millers performance at Portman Road and insisted that everyone played their part in the 1-0 triumph at the hands of Ipswich Town.

“The lads all chipped in and I thought they were superb,” he enthused.

“The way we defended, the way we tackled, young Grant tackling back on his own goal line. I thought Camp’s handling was very good to say he didn’t really have a save. He was really confident.

“I have got to say Besty caused them problems all afternoon. Derbyshire – I have never seen anyone work so hard and young Grant Ward came to the fore today.

“I don’t think Lee Camp has had a shot to save. There were a lot of long throws and balls into the box in the second half. But when I look around the team the centre halves were superb, Doyley has not played for a long time, the full backs have done well and in front of them, Greg and the two lads in midfield were fantastic.”

The Millers were dealt a blow in the lead up to kick off as Danny Ward fell foul to a back spasm prior to the game ruling him out of the action, but Warnock was keen to keep his cards close to his chest, naming the striker on the bench.

“We lost Danny Ward two hours before kick off today and Besty wasn’t even going to start,” Warnock explained.

“You are a little bit disappointed when you lose someone like that. He had a little bit of a back spasm, but we had to put him on the teamsheet so they didn’t think he was injured. We couldn’t have put another goalie on the bench!"

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