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POST MATCH | Point at Boro pleases Warne

23 October 2018

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne praised his side's resolute approach as the Millers grabbed a deserved point against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

The Millers went toe-to-toe with the table-toppers, and could have had all three points after creating a number of presentable opportunities.

After the game, Warne told the assembled press corps:

"I'm really proud. We asked them to play with a bit of courage and you have to come here and you have to quieten the crowd because they have scored a lot of goals in the first-half of their games. I've asked the lads to really have a go at them. I thought that we started the game really well and had a really good chance to score which would have been great. We ask our players to over cover at times to help others out. For that there is a lot of physicality being used obviously. I thought that we defended really well, they gave everything they could, physically. Even if we had conceded late on I would have still been proud of their performance."

Warne was forced into a number of changes from the weekend after Billy Jones and Jon Taylor were ruled out with injuries sustained in the 1-1 draw with Bolton.

Zak Vyner slotted in at right back, whilst Clark Robertson and Ryan Manning also returned to great effect.

Michael Smith was again imperious in attack, much to the delight of Warne:

"Smithy was probably my favourite of the lot. Robbo came in for his first game in a while, he was excellent. Zak played right-back for the first time in a while, he was excellent. Semi was very good as always. Will and Richie were great in the middle.

"I was really pleased with the performance. Late on I thought we were going to nick it. We defended the crosses really well. We didn't want them to come inside and bend one in the top corner, so we were happy to defend crosses. I thought all the lads stood up and defended, so if we would have nicked a goal at the end that would have been pretty amazing."

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