A CHANGE of tack from caretaker manager Paul Warne during his half-time team talk yielded results in Rotherham United's draw with Blackburn.
Warne revealed after Saturday's game that he "lost his rag a little bit" following a below par first-half performance, something that is out of character for the generally upbeat interim boss.
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It got the reaction he was looking for because moments after the restart Jon Taylor fired in low to open the scoring and the Millers were markedly better in the second half despite conceding a late equaliser to draw 1-1.
“I was disappointed with the first half performance, I told them that at half time,” said Warne. “I lost my rag a little bit, I didn’t expect to lose my rag with that group, that’s not who I am, but if needs be then I have to.
“But I didn’t think that was who they were in the first half, I told them to have more confidence on the ball, if you want the crowd to get behind you you’ve got to show them something, and I thought they did in the second half."
Warne had mixed emotions at full time but thought a second goal during a spell when his side were on top would have killed the game off.
He said: "I’m pleased we’ve picked up a point but hugely disappointed we’ve thrown away two, that’s my sentiment.
“I knew we needed to score a second goal because there is a good chance we would concede, we didn’t get it when I thought our overall play was pretty good.
“With the subs they made, I was thinking ‘oh my god’, they went 3-4-3 to try and create something and I thought there would be a moment in time when we would all have to stand up and defend. Unfortunately for us they scored from a corner.”
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