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POST-MATCH | Away victory means a lot to Millers - Warne

3 September 2017

 Rotherham United manager Paul Warne said the first win on the road since April 2016 meant a lot, after the Millers recorded a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

A first-half strike from Jon Taylor was enough to see off Kenny Jackett's Pompey, after Warne's side battled their way to a deserved victory on the south coast.

After the game an elated Warne beamed with delight, as the Millers rewarded the 436 travelling supporters with three points to propel them up the League One table.

"It obviously means a lot," said Warne.

"I think our performances this season have been good, and we probably haven't had the lucky bounce of the ball now and again, but today away from home, we set-up a little bit different.

"I thought that we were hard to break down and we created a lot of half-chances, enough to win the game. I am really pleased, a lot of fans came today which was impressive, especially as it was on TV, and they kept with us. It was a nice feeling for everyone.

"It is always nice to win football matches, but away from home is even better. I said to the lads before the game that a win would push us up the league straight away, with two home games coming. I thought that the lads performed really well, there were a lot of changes today but overall we deserved to win."

Despite being put under pressure in the second-half, the Millers looked comfortable with Richard Wood and Michael Ihiekwe forming a rock solid partnership to ensure the Millers also kept a clean sheet.

"It isn't enjoyable when you are losing, and I didn't want the lads to lose faith in what we are trying to do," Warne continued.

"I think we did everything right, we have prepared the lads perfect for every game, and I have had no regrets. Unfortunately until today we haven't had the results. It is nice to win, away from home and on telly, it was a real boost and I am really pleased.

"I said before the game to the players that the team that go out epitomise me. I am not a man about money and cars, and all that. I do care what people think about me, I want my players to play like they are representing me. I thought that today that the did that. I thought they gave it their all, and joked with them after that's why we ran up hills in Austria. The character and the fitness. They put their bodies in the way and we had some game sense."


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