Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne told the Official Site that he always thought the Millers were ‘due a performance’ like the one yesterday in the home win over Christmas.
‘Apart from Oxford,’ the Gaffer said after the four-nil win, ‘we’ve had more possession here (at the New York Stadium) than every other team. I think in recent weeks we haven’t played so well and against Fleetwood we were poor but we had a scratch side out then.’
The Millers certainly turned it on for the nine thousand crowd yesterday afternoon and, I personally think it was the best home performance of the season in fact, probably the year.
Rotherham were always on top and always looked like they were going to score although going in at half-time goalless had the cogs in my brain thinking ‘oh no, is it going to be one of those games’. Thankfully, it wasn’t with the team coming out in the second half and running riot.
As a fan it was great to see our players fighting for every ball, winning loose balls, getting shots in from both inside and outside the box. It was great to hear the crowd chanting and shouting each time the Millers got possession and encouraging them. It was brilliant to see the happiness coming not only from the stands at the final whistle but also from the players on the pitch – especially Chiedozie Ogbene who looked as thrilled as we all did arms pumping in the air towards the fans who were with him every bit of the way.
‘That’s how I want the lads to play,’ Warney said – and that, Warney is how we want the lads to play too. We aren’t daft (well most of us) and we know we can’t win every game of football we play. All most football fans want their heroes to do is try, to stand up and be counted and I think we got that yesterday.
Towards the end of the interview the Gaffer said that he wants the fans to leave the stadium with a smile on their faces. We did that yesterday. It was great to hear the fans walking up Don Street laughing and saying good things.
Now, we’ve just got to carry that on and get something on New Years Day when we play Blackpool.