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POST MATCH | Great day at the office - Warne

15 September 2018

Paul Warne post Derby County...

Millers Manager Paul Warne assessed his side’s performance after a terrific 1-0 victory over Derby County.

Ryan Manning’s first goal for the Millers, which came from the penalty spot in the second-half, was enough to secure all of the points against the Rams.

Speaking to the press after the game, Warne said, “I thought our performance, first-half, was very good. We were the better team and had more possession of the ball, I think. Our set-pieces weren’t as good as they have been but I thought we deserved to go one or two up at half-time. I was really pleased and after the first five minutes, the lads grew into it and got a bit of confidence.

“Obviously they were going to come at us and I thought they had the edge, second-half. But I don’t think my ‘keeper’s made any saves that I can recall. Then obviously to get the penalty and them down to 10 men – I’m never a fan of it. I know fans love it when you see a player get sent off. I don’t think it helps the game but I understand why the ref has to do it. But I think it’s harder to play against 10 than it is 11.

“Then they could be a bit more gung-ho and my fans want me to put seven up-front so it’s mayhem! It made it edgier, them going down to 10 men. Overall, I thought we were deserved of the win and we were excellent. If we play that well at home and really battle and scrap the way the lads had to, I think we’ll be okay.

“The quality of player they’ve got and quality of bench they’ve got, it’s going to be a really tough ask of the lads. But I’ve got really good coaches, we set up in a really good way to try and frustrate them and to try and counter-attack. The lads grew in confidence and really fancied it.”

Speaking of the penalty decision, which was given by the referee’s assistant, Warne added, “I didn’t see why it was given but I was pleased, and even more pleased when it hit the net. I can’t honestly say I saw anything but there must have been something because when the ball went into the box, the crowd yelped. The linesman was waving furiously but I didn’t know if he was waving for a foul on us or by us.”

The three points and clean sheet means it’s three wins from four without conceding at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, with Warne praising his side’s defensive resolve. “I’m really pleased, obviously,” he continued.

“My two centre-halves; Robbo, unfortunately, picked up an injury this week so he’ll be out for a few weeks. And Sean Raggett who came in and did really well, he’s out for a few weeks. I thought Woody was outstanding, as is Sem who is growing with every game. It’s disappointing for Sem because I like him in the middle of the park more than centre-half but he tidied up behind Woody a couple of times.”


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