Millers boss is Nor­wich sup­porter

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Steven Chicken

ROTHER­HAM’S in­terim man­ager Paul Warne will be hop­ing his side can con­tinue to up­set the odds af­ter the Cham­pi­onship’s bot­tom side beat Nor­wich.

On Fri­day Warne was con­firmed in charge of Rother­ham un­til the end of the sea­son, and with Bur­ton los­ing to Wi­gan, the Millers have nar­rowed the gap to safety to nine points with this vic­tory.

He said: “I said to the lads ear­lier that I didn’t think many peo­ple would give us a chance and I thought that’d be in our favour be­cause I un­der­stand how the psy­chol­ogy of foot­ball works.”

Warne is a self-con­fessed Nor­wich fan, and was un­der­stand­ably emo­tional at this vic­tory.

“My brother’s up and one of my best mate’s up and they’ve both got Nor­wich sea­son tick­ets, but they’re Rothers fans and they wanted us to win more than they wanted Nor­wich to win,” he said.

“I’ve had some nice mes­sages from peo­ple back home say­ing, ‘Look, if Nor­wich are go­ing to lose I’d rather they lose to us’, so I’ll take that.”

Fight­ing back tears, he con­tin­ued: “My fa­ther’s re­ally bad, ill, bless him, he’s a Nor­wich fan, so it’ll mean a lot.”

Hav­ing im­pressed from the bench in last week’s FA Cup exit to Ox­ford, 20-year-old striker Jerry Yates scored his first league goal on his first league start by con­vert­ing Tom Adeyemi’s cross on seven min­utes.

Nor­wich striker Nel­son Oliveira scored a hat-trick in their last Cham­pi­onship out­ing, a 3-0 vic­tory over Derby, but was the vil­lain of the piece here, lash­ing out at Kirk Broad­foot in an off-the-ball in­ci­dent and re­ceiv­ing Nor­wich’s fourth red card in six away games.

De­spite their nu­mer­i­cal dis­ad­van­tage, City should have gone in level at the break, but de­fender Timm Klose put his tame shot straight at a Millers de­fender with the rest of the goal to aim at.

Nor­wich made up for that six min­utes into the sec­ond half when Wes Hoola­han curled a won­der­ful cross to the back post that United al­lowed Cameron Jerome to head home un­chal­lenged.

Adeyemi put Rother­ham back in front just five min­utes later, though, turn­ing the ball past John Ruddy from Joe Mat­tock’s de­liv­ery.

Ja­cob Mur­phy thought he had put Nor­wich level again on 65 min­utes, but he was the only one in the ground who did; the lines­man had his flag up the mo­ment Hoola­han’s through ball re­leased him.

The roles were re­versed sec­onds later, with half the ground cel­e­brat­ing Yates’ vol­ley from an­other Adeyemi ball be­fore re­al­is­ing it had flown inches wide of the post.

The de­feat heaps more pres­sure on Nor­wich man­ager Alex Neil, who said: “There’s noth­ing I can do about that, the fans will say what they’re go­ing to say. I thought once we went down to ten men we were the more of­fen­sive team and went to try and win the game, but ob­vi­ously we came up short.

“Af­ter the Derby re­sult ev­ery­body’s say­ing how well we played and that’s the ex­act same team that took the field, so…

“The mes­sage from the board is ‘dis­ap­point­ing day’, the send­ing off’s ob­vi­ously not helped us, but the lads’ re­ac­tion with ten men was good.

“But ul­ti­mately we didn’t win the game and, to be hon­est, at the mo­ment for us, points are more im­por­tant than per­for­mances.”

PIC­TURES: Media Im­age

KEY: Nor­wich’s Nel­son Oliveira, left, was sent off af­ter clash­ing with Kirk Broad­foot


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