NEIL’S PRIDE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By James Valen­tine

WHEN this game was 80 min­utes old Rother­ham boss Neil Warnock was pre­par­ing to tell his play­ers how proud of them he was, de­spite an im­pend­ing de­feat.

At the time, they were 3-0 down and a fan­tas­tic week, which had seen the Millers claim vic­to­ries over Sh­effield Wed­nes­day and Mid­dles­brough, looked like end­ing in a rou­tine loss to Derby.

The Rams had ma­rauded their way to a 3-0 lead and the game was dead and buried thanks to Tom Ince’s dou­ble and a Chris Martin tap-in.

But the Millers pro­duced the most re­mark­able of come­backs by scor­ing three goals in the fi­nal seven min­utes to steal a point.

Danny Ward got the ball rolling be­fore Leon Best’s dou­ble, the first in the 88th minute and the equal­is­ing goal in the first minute of time added, lifted the roof off at the New York Sta­dium.

The draw was Rother­ham’s tenth point in the last four games and the Neil Warnock fac­tor is in full swing as his side fight against the drop.

But Warnock has been around for long enough to know that this point was a stolen one.

“I don’t know what I can say that I have not said be­fore,” he said. “I am so proud of them.

“If we had lost 3-0 I still would have said ‘Well done lads, I am proud of you for this week’. There would have been no rol­lick­ings, they were just bet­ter than us.

“They have given me ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing. When you see that ca­ma­raderie, you don’t get that very of­ten, it’s great to see.”

Rother­ham would have moved out of the bot­tom three had it not been for MK Dons’ im­pres­sive point at Hull, but they are now only a point be­hind them and Ful­ham and have the up­ward mo­men­tum.

De­spite the dis­ap­point­ment of not ex­it­ing the bot­tom three, Warnock still thought this re­sult to be the best of Rother­ham’s sea­son so far.

“I can’t think of an­other come­back as good as that, but I do for­get,” he added with a smile.

“It’s the sweet­est be­cause we were play­ing against a very good team and the play­ers they have got and that’s why I am en­joy­ing the chal­lenge.

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