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POST-MATCH | The lads put in a really good shift - Warne

28 January 2020

Millers boss Paul Warne praised his side's work rate following a dominant display which saw his side return to the top of League One having defeated Ipswich Town 1-0 at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Rotherham made it four home wins on the spin whilst completing a league double over the Tractor Boys thanks to Richard Wood’s first-half header.

“It was a good night for us,” said Warne. “Tuesday night under the lights in a top-of-the-table clash.

“I thought we were really dominant. I don’t normally come out here and go really crazy about my team but I thought we did well tonight, created loads of chances and thoroughly deserved the win.

“We worked hard for each other out of possession tonight. There was one point at the end with Freddie at right-back and Smithy in centre-mid, so we were working hard for a result against a really good side.

“Our overall play tonight deserved more than a set-piece goal. As well as hitting the bar twice, we could have scored a second right at the end had Chieo slipped Freddie in. I’m not complaining. A clean-sheet and win against the best team in the league makes me really happy.”

Despite putting Ipswich under considerable pressure, the Millers couldn’t find the elusive second goal as Hakeeb Adelakun was one of many to come close, with the winger rattling the crossbar.

“I was right behind it when he hit it and he hit it sweet as!” added Warne.

“We hit the bar in the first half with Kyle as well from that well-worked free-kick. On another night we might have got three or four but I’ll take the three points any way we can.

“I was pretty pleased with that. We needed a second goal, that would have helped my heartrate no end.

"Our overall play was great, the effort from the lads and the front two were working all night – the lads just put in a really good shift to win a football game. I think we deserved it.

Paul Warne, Manager

“There was a chance with Norwood across the goal-line but it would have been very hard on my team if we’d have conceded a late goal to draw. It didn’t go in, fortunately, but when he got his foot to it and Dan left it, I thought it was in and my heart stopped for a few seconds.

“Our home form hasn’t been as good as our away form, so to get wins against good teams as well is really impressive. We have another home game Saturday (Burton) and, hopefully, we can play as well and entertain our crowd who were great tonight and get another three points.”


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