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POST-MATCH | We go into the last week of the season, giving ourselves a right chance - Warne

1 May 2021

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne reflected on his side’s 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers, which kept the Millers’ quest for survival alive.

“Well, in the end it was a good point,” said Warne.

“We started the game really bright and played an attacking system. That was our intention.”

Adam Armstrong gave Blackburn the lead in the first half, and Lewis Wing notched his first Millers goal with a well-taken free-kick late on.

“Then the game turned on a mistake by Angus who has been unbelievable for us,” continued Warne. “The players are so good at this level, they don’t really miss. In League One or Two, no disrespect, you’re hoping that they’ll probably miss. But at this level, he’s (Adam Armstrong) probably worth £25million.

“To be fair to the lads, it was a massive blow to them but they picked themselves up a little bit. At half time, I just felt like the dressing room were feeling a little bit sorry for themselves – probably myself included in that.

“Second half, we rallied and were desperately trying to get that goal. Wingy got us a free-kick and, to stay up, you need to turn half-chances into goals. You have to take any opportunities to have. It was just disappointing there wasn’t a sell-out behind the goal because it would have gone absolutely crazy.

“We rode our luck. Jamal made two good saves, then they made a good save off George as well. If you’d have been a neutral today, you’d definitely have thought that’s entertainment.”

On a strange afternoon which at one point saw the Millers condemned to League One, Warne spoke of the rollercoaster of emotions he and his team have been through.

He continued: “It sums up our surreal season. You have highs and lows, you have belief, you have doubt. But I just said to the dressing room, I’m an optimist and I still have belief in them. I still believe that, but it’s not about what I think, it’s about what they think. We go into the last week of the season, giving ourselves a right chance – so that’s all we can ask.

“We weren’t as fluid today. I don’t how much of that is tiredness, how much is mental tiredness and how much of that is pressure. Pressure is a power keg at times, but let’s not underestimate the quality of the opposition. Some of their players were a different level.

“When we did get the ball back, I thought we looked a bit jaded. Some of our players have played a lot of games. It’s always a difficult one; do you stick with your go-tos or do you try and freshen it up? Today, maybe, I could have made the changes a bit earlier, but in the end I’m pleased.”

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