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POST MATCH | Warne hails semi-final success

16 May 2018

Warne's delight as Millers book Wembley date...

Millers Manager Paul Warne was delighted to speak to the press after his side reached Wembley this evening.

Rotherham secured a 2-0 win on the night against Scunthorpe to win 4-2 on aggregate; goals from Richard Wood and Will Vaulks sealing a place under the famous arch.

“It’s a bit surreal, to be honest,” said Warne. “I don’t think it’s sunken in yet. I’ve congratulated the Scunny players because I thought they played well.

“Everyone’s really happy and the atmosphere tonight was electric. In fairness I asked the fans for the atmosphere to be electric and I thought it adversely affected my lot. I don’t think we started very well and we played the occasion, not the game. After the first 20 minutes I thought we did well and had enough chances to win the game. I am very proud.

“We asked them at half-time to play the game and not get too involved in the occasion and just try an move the ball a bit quicker and have more confidence on the ball. I thought we played a lot better, second-half, and could have had a couple more goals. Newelly was his usual self, unplayable at times. In fairness, I thought Marek saved us a few times. I thought he was excellent and the overall performance was one to be proud of.

“Icky was doing all right but had a bit of a tight quad and at half-time he begged me to keep him on but he started the second-half and didn’t look like he was moving right. I thought all the lads defended really well and there’s a lot of work in their legs. It was epitomised by Smudge up top – it’s a lonely place at times up there and he works hard for the team with and without the ball.

“The squad have all played a part in some way to get us here, so I’m really pleased.”

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