WINNING boss Paul Warne believes his Rotherham United team came through a test of character to move into the League One play-off places today.
The Millers were reduced to ten men in the second half by winger Chiedozie Ogbene's dismissal but held their nerve to protect their 1-0 lead at home to Accrington Stanley.
“It felt a bit edgy, but at the end of the season those three points will mean the same as a 3-0 win, said the boss after his side had climbed from tenth to sixth spot.
“To go down to ten men and hold on showed a lot of character. I thought the fans got behind the team. They helped the lads out."
Rotherham bossed the first half and took a 31st-minute lead through Carlton Morris's towering header but they were regularly troubled after the break by the visitors.
“Carlton took his goal really well," Warne said. "We just needed the second goal really. In the second half Accrington put us under pressure.
“It's nice to win and going up to sixth position is good. I still think there's a lot to come from the team.
“People always tell me it's a sign of a good team if you win when you're not at your best. It's all about winning.
“Accrington made it difficult for us. We knew it was going to be tough and if you had offered me 1-0 before the game I would have taken it.
“I think we will play a lot better than that and lose, so I'm not complaining. In the first half we were good and caused them problems."
Stanley remained 19th in the table and their manager, John Coleman, said: “We had 14 shots and only one on target.
“It wasn't really a good shot on target, to be honest, just a scramble on the goalline which gets cleared. Unfortunately that is the reason we are in the position that we are.
“Rotherham are always going to be a strong side here but there was nothing in the game.”