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POST-MATCH | Warne's praise for Millers' spirit after FA Cup fightback

2 December 2019

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne praised his side’s miraculous recovery as they produced some Emirates FA Cup magic of their own to come from 3-0 down to beat Solihull Moors 4-3 in the Second Round on Monday night.

A pulsating seven-goal encounter in Solihull saw the tide turn entirely in the final 20 minutes of the game as the Millers mustered the most unbelievable of cup comebacks to earn their place in the next round of this year’s competition.

Warne reserved particular praise for his team’s final 25 minutes showing which he hinted was more like his side at their best, after a tough start to the game against a side he admires at the Stadium.

“I’m relieved is probably the best way to put it. We knew Solihull were going to be good and we prepared the team as well as we always do,” he explained.

“We did everything we possibly could to warn them of their threat and their physicality and in fairness I was always worried about conceding an early goal because it gives them a right boost.

“I thought they [Solihull] played really well, I’m not going to criticise my team.

“They stopped us getting the ball out wide and creating crosses and goalscoring opportunities and it wasn’t until we made the changes that we were able to create chances and take them.

“To come back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 gives the lads great pride. I just think we needed to improve in a few areas tonight, I didn’t think we were really at our best, but I did think the opposition were excellent.

“They’re good characters and we’ve recruited a bunch of winners. We said to them at half-time that we felt that they were letting themselves down a little bit. They do give everything but first half we over complicated it. We went backwards and sideways too much which isn’t really us. I think if we play with our DNA we’re a really good side and the last 25 minutes was more ‘us’.”

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