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POST MATCH | Millers worthy winners - Warne

7 April 2018

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Paul Warne post-Fleetwood Town...

Millers Manager Paul Warne reflected on his side’s 3-2 win over Fleetwood Town at the AESSEAL New York Stadium this afternoon.

“I thought we played really well today,” said Warne. “I thought we deserved the win but could have done with more goals, really. I’m really pleased.

“Against Peterborough last week I thought we were outstanding – it was one of our best performances of the season. The first 25 minutes at Charlton we were good, conceded a sloppy goal and we weren’t as great second-half.

“What I am well aware of with six games to go before today was it’s not so much about the performance, it’s about picking up points. I think we played against an excellent Fleetwood side who haven’t conceded in five games. For us to go a goal down must have put a lot of doubts in a lot of people’s minds.”

The Millers overturned Fleetwood’s early lead thanks to a Nathan Pond own goal and Joe Newell volley before Cian Bolger headed the visitors level. Thankfully, Richard Wood bundled home his second goal in as many games to give Paul Warne’s men all three points.

“I’ve got a great group,” he continued. “They believe in what we’re trying to do and what we’re trying to teach them. To come off the pitch 3-2, you could see the tension with me included. Everyone desperately wants to get to the Play-Offs and people are fighting for different things at this time of the season. There’s going to be a lot of ups and downs but to get a home win and with two more home games to go, hopefully we’ll be pretty close to being in the Play-Offs.

“We asked the lads to move the ball quickly. We didn’t really get through them, we asked them to get round them. I thought we started the first 30 seconds okay. They got the goal off the set-piece which is disappointing. We had a lot of the ball but we didn’t move it as quick as I wanted. They got men behind the ball as they do. They made it difficult for us.

“I thought Newelly today was unplayable. His touch from the skies near the end was an awesome thing to see. I know goals will always get headlines but I like little touches of class. Newelly’s definitely got that. I’m very proud to be his manager at the moment.

“I think, generally, we created a lot more chances except for a couple of set-pieces which didn’t cause us loads of problems but they have got an attacking threat.

“Box to box we were excellent. We controlled the game really well and the more the game goes on, I thought we looked stronger.

“It’s just a really pleasing day at the office. When we went on a run of winning seven games everyone thinks you’re going to win every game. Football is not like that, sport is not like that. We played against the in-form side in the league and to score three against them when they haven’t conceded for 600 minutes is testament to the group I’ve got.”

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