Date: 7th November 2017 at 11:02pm
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Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne was ‘proud’ of the group of players who beat Bradford at Valley Parade this evening in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Speaking to iFOLLOW after the three-nil win, Warney said, ‘I thought the senior pro’s really attacked the game with the gung-ho attitude I wanted although I thought we could have won by a lot more goals.

‘But to come away with a win and a clean sheet has put the smile back on our faces of the few who came here tonight. At least they saw us win and the lads went to clap them at the end to show their appreciation at them coming.

‘I think this will give Fordey (Anthony Forde) some belief and Tayls (Jon Taylor) knocked some cobwebs away. I thought our two up top were a handful and played really well and Richie Towell and (Ben) Wiles in the midfield performed well.

‘After the game I told the young lads that if they want to get on in the game then they should look at the seniors here like Richie Towell who I asked to come off and he didn’t want to and his attitude to the final whistle was outstanding. I thought Joe Mattock played really well. I gave him the captaincy and whatever they threw at him and Manny (Onariase ) they defended admirably. I’m proud of the back four.

‘I’m really pleased with Akeem (Hinds) and I thought he was excellent but by no means is he the finished article but he’s got the attributes, intelligence and attitude to have a good career. And when JayJay (Kayode) went on he was a constant threat and get a bit more physicality on him and he’ll be getting some minutes in the first team. I’ve loved Reece McGinley as a footballer since he’s been at the club, he’s a really good footballer who wants to play. I gave Wiles his debut and he covered every blade of grass. If he keeps going as he is then he’ll be a brilliant addition for us.

‘A few of the young lads had an outing on the pitch which is good for them and it was good that I could ‘bleed’ some of them tonight.

‘Like losing winning becomes a habit and we can all come in on Thursday with a smile on our faces.’

Asked about Jonson Clarke-Harris who appeared to limp off, Warney said, ‘He got a bang on his calf and I took him off as a precaution but he’ll be fine and will be training on Thursday for the build up to the Donny game.’

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