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POST MATCH | Nice way to end regular season - Warne

5 May 2018

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Millers Manager Paul Warne saw his side end the regular season on a high after defeating Blackpool 1-0 at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

“I think the heat took a bit out of both teams,” said Warne. “I thought we were good, first-half, without creating anything clear-cut. We had a bit of joy with Willo (Ryan Williams) down the left-hand side especially. I was content with what I saw, I thought our performance was okay.

“I made some changes pretty early in the second-half to save and to freshen up. They had a good 15-minute spell where their play probably deserved a goal. But I thought Marek was outstanding and, in fairness, he is paid to keep it out of the net. I thought he did really well and, on another day, they might have scored.

“I was expecting a really good side who have won four out of five and battered Shrewsbury. So I knew what sort of game it was going to be. If we’d have got a second goal we might have been a bit calmer, but at 1-0 they were still throwing everything at it. Apart from a couple of incidents, I didn’t know if they were going to score, but it would have been nice if we’d have got that second goal.”

With little in the game to separate the two sides, it took another sweet effort from Will Vaulks to win the points for Warne’s men.

“It’d be nice if he’d done a different celebration, it’s getting a bit tiresome, to be honest!” joked Warne.

“It’s nice for him to get a goal. It’s a pity Lavs (Caolan Lavery) didn’t get one when he came on for his effort, because I felt he deserved a goal. It’s just a nice way to finish the season.

“There are no issues at all, which is lucky. At one stage I was thinking of taking Icky (Michael Ihiekwe) off because he was on a booking. That was my only issue or concern today. There were no injuries and nobody said anything to me, so we’re all good."

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