Points the most important thing for Warne

By David Beddows | 07/04/2018

Points the most important thing for Warne
Job done...Paul Warne at the final whistle. Pics: STEVE METTAM

MANAGER Paul Warne had plenty to be pleased about after Rotherham United steadied their late-season nerves with a much-needed victory over Fleetwood.

The three points, a decent performance and favourable results elsewhere all combined to make it a good day for the Millers and their quest to re-tighten their grip on a play-off place.

They are seven points clear of seventh-placed Portsmouth with only five games to play.

“Apart from our defending from set pieces, we were pretty good,” said Warne of the overall performance. “There was tension in the stadium because everyone knows the importance of these home games especially.

“We asked the lads to start brightly and get the fans into it but then we conceded early and it went really quiet. You could feel the pressure. We didn’t move the ball quick enough in the first half but in the second half we did and the more the game went on, the better we looked.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t score more but I’m not moaning, it’s just about getting points now.

“Fleetwood hadn’t conceded in five games so to score three against them is testament to the lads.”

Decider...Richard Wood nets the winner.

Warne described the impressive Joe Newell as “unplayable” and said that match winner Richard Wood “epitomises this club.” The experienced skipper’s goal was his second in as many games.

It was a good response from Rotherham after a run of four defeats from six and the Millers chief also agreed it was an important result ahead of two tricky back-to-back away games at Wigan and Gillingham.

“If we had lost today and results had gone against us, it would have heaped the pressure on for the two away games. To win and score three against a good side is pleasing, but we won’t relax,” he added.

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