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READ | Warne happy with performance during Leicester draw

27 July 2019

Rotherham United's pre-season preparations drew to a close on Saturday afternoon as Leicester City made the trip to the AESSEAL New York Stadium, and Paul Warne was pleased with the application of his players during the 2-2 draw.

Kelechi Iheanacho notched a brace for the Premier League foxes, but goals from Carlton Morris and Michael Ihiekwe either side of half-time ensured the Millers earned a draw, something which Warne believes was deserved given the display in testing conditions.

He said: "It was a good contest in what was lovely Yorkshire weather, I enjoyed it! We wanted it to be a workout and we were looking for a competitive game - they came strong so it was exactly that.

"After the first 15 minutes where I think we showed them a little bit too much respect, we then got into the game and made really good pockets of space so I'm really pleased.

"Obviously the substitutions changed the way the game was flowing and we were really on top when I made them, but it's about next week and there were some really good performances today. We will go into Monday with a smile on our faces."

One man who certainly caught the eye was Daniel Iversen, and the goalkeeper who is on loan from Leicester made numerous saves to deny his parent club from finding the net on more occasions.

The 22-year-old was called into action several times before he was replaced by Lewis Price on 65 minutes, with Harvey Barnes being the opposition player who was left frustrated most by the goalkeeper who made three excellent saves to deny him.

Despite lauding the impact of his newly recruited stopper, the gaffer was quick to praise the work of the whole squad as they gear up for next weekend's Sky Bet League One opener versus AFC Wimbledon.

He said: "Daniel has a big frame and he made two good saves with his legs, but I thought he did really well Kyle Vassell showed some good work to set up Carlton Morris for his goal and he was impressive himself. 

"Overall, the lads' determination to win the ball back was brilliant. In fairness, the players we were against are two leagues above us and you can see how good they are with the ball in tight areas, but it was a really good test for us.

"All in all it was a good day at the office and I hope that everyone who came to the game enjoyed it."


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