Rotherham United manager Paul Warne was full of praise for his side as he saw his Millers side come away from the Riverside Stadium with a deserved point, holding top of the league Middlesbrough to a goalless draw.
The Millers played fantastic and went toe-to-toe with Tony Pulis’ side and maybe should have won it having the better chances of the game.
Speaking after the game to the press Warne said:
“I’m really proud. We asked them to play with a bit of courage and you have to come here and you have to quieten the crowd because they have scored a lot of goals in the first-half of their games. I’ve asked the lads to really have a go at them. I thought that we started the game really well and had a really good chance to score which would have been great. We ask our players to over cover at times to help others out. For that there is a lot of physicality being used obviously. I thought that we defended really well, they gave everything they could, physically. Even if we had conceded late on I would have still been proud of their performance.”
Warne was forced to make three changes to his side on Tuesday evening with defenders Billy Jones and Richard Wood missing out, Wood dropping to the bench, whilst Jones and midfielder Jon Taylor missing through injury being replaced by Zak Vyner, Clark Robinson and Ryan Manning who all produced magnificent performances.
Although Vyner, Robertson and Manning came into the side it was striker Michael Smith who impressed his gaffer in the forwards role and Warne said:
“Smithy was probably my favourite of the lot. Robbo came in for his first game in a while, he was excellent. Zak played right-back for the first time in a while, he was excellent. Semi was very good as always. Will (Vaulks) and Richie (Towell) were great in the middle.
“I was really pleased with the performance. Late on I thought we were going to nick it. We defended the crosses really well. We didn’t want them to come inside and bend one in the top corner, so we were happy to defend crosses. I thought all the lads stood up and defended, so if we would have nicked a goal at the end that would have been pretty amazing.”
Following the terrific display on the road, Warne will be hoping his side continue the performance levels when they travel to Deepdale to face Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.