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POST-MATCH | I thought we were pretty dominant - Warne

27 January 2021

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne gave his thoughts after a terrific display at Middlesbrough saw his team pick up three points.

Matt Crooks, Michael Smith and new boy Ryan Giles scored a goal each as the Millers made it back-to-back away wins in the Championship.
 
“I think in the Championship for us to keep a clean sheet away from home is an achievement - and to score three goals,” said Warne.

“We did ride our luck at 1-0. I was waiting for the net to ripple a couple of times. Our lads have thrown their bodies on the line and I’m really pleased.
 
“I thought if we played our best tonight, I honestly thought we’d have too much for them. At times, it looked like we did.”

It was a first win for the Millers at Middlesbrough since 1965, and a richly deserved one too, as Warne continued: “At half time Crooksy missed that chance when the ball came to him a bit too early. And then he scores the harder chance!

“At 1-0 I just felt they stretched the game a lot more and it made our midfielders to a lot more running. It probably gave us a few more problems for Saturday.

“I always say you’re only as good as your goalkeeper and your centre-forward and I thought they were both were outstanding. ‘Jams’ was really commanding and Smudge led the line like Alan Shearer - I know saying that will mean a lot to him!

“The Stoke game last week, I know it ended up three-all, I said it at the time I wouldn’t have minded if we’d have lost. The overall performances of the team has been great.

“We started a bit slow tonight, but I thought we were pretty dominant.”

On his new signing, Ryan Giles, Warne was pleased to finally get his man who helped himself to a goal tonight.

“You can see why I’ve brought him here. He’s quick, he’s direct and he likes to run at people and he capped it off with a goal.”

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