REACTION: Boss Warne delighted with defensive grit after tough Wimbledon test

ROTHERHAM United boss Paul Warne praised his sides defensive effort after victory over Wimbledon extended their unbeaten run to ten games.

A second goal in two games for new striker Michael Smith in the first half was followed by a late David Ball header to cement the 2-0 victory at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

And for Warne, who saw his side climb to fifth in the League One table, the club is a good place to be.

He said: "Another clean sheet, we're scoring goals so it's a good place to be.

"I thought before the game they would be the hardest of this run of three home games.

"They have immense experience throughout the team, they cause problems and they're a big side.

"The lads defended really well. I thought we started the game excellently, every time they got we pressed and caused a problem."

January recruit Smith had to leave the field of play several times after a kick to the face resulted in a bloodied nose, and Warne joked his goal would make up for the injury.

He added: "I'm pleased for 'Smudge' (Michael Smith) to get his goal because that will make his dodgy nose feel better when he wakes up in the morning!"