Paul Warne's pride as set-piece Rotherham United leave it late at Wycombe Wanderers

Paul Warne's pride as set-piece Rotherham United leave it late at Wycombe Wanderers

By Paul Davis | 12/09/2020

Paul Warne's pride as set-piece Rotherham United leave it late at Wycombe Wanderers
Paul Warne

MANAGER PAUL Warne's forecast came true as Rotherham United's launched their Championship campaign with an opening-day triumph at Wycombe Wanderers.

The Millers beat the Chairboys 1-0 with a stoppage-time header by Michael Ihiekwe from Joe Mattock's pinpoint corner to record only their second away win at this level since they humbled MK Dons 4-0 in April 2016 during the Neil Warnock era.

Warne said: "I thought before we came here today that the game would go on a set-piece. Both of us are good on set-pieces.

Both teams won promotion last season and the boss added: "Last year in League One, we were first and they were second on set-plays.

"Joe Jacobson puts great balls in for them. We worked really hard on set-pieces this week and it's paid dividends. To score that late on obviously gives me great day. Had it ended up 0-0, I would have still taken that."

Rotherham were second best in the opening period but upped their game after an interval dressing-down from their manager.

"We came here to try to win the game, although our first-half performance probably didn't show that," Warne said.

"Our second-half display was loads better. I'm biased, but I thought it looked like only one team were going to win it.

"However, one set-piece opportunity for them and there's always a chance you're going to lose the game. It gives me great pride that we stuck in there."

Asked if winning so late was the sweetest way to take three points, a relieved Warne replied: It would have been sweeter had we scored a couple before that and that was the third goal!"




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