Millers sti­fle lead­ers in pur­suit of play-offs

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -



ROTHER­HAM UNITED re­main seven points clear of sev­en­th­placed Portsmouth with four matches to go.

A change in for­ma­tion helped Paul Warne’s side hold ti­tle-chasers Wigan and keep them­selves firmly in the play-off po­si­tions.

Michael Smith played as the lone striker in a 4-5-1 for­ma­tion, which helped sti­fle the ta­ble-top­pers.

The Millers started and fin­ished the stronger, how­ever, with Smith and Ryan Wil­liams go­ing close early on and Wil­liams strik­ing the bar near the end.

“I didn’t go gung-ho. It was a hard job for Smudge (Smith), but we tried to get peo­ple in sup­port ev­ery chance we could,” said Warne.

“We asked the lads to play brave when we were in pos­ses­sion and frus­trate them when we didn’t have the ball.

“I thought we started the game well and could have gone one or two up in the first five min­utes.

“We weath­ered the storm a lit­tle bit af­ter that and at the start of the sec­ond half and I thought Wigan were ex­cel­lent. They are cham­pi­ons-elect and pos­si­bly the best team in the league by a country mile, but I thought we de­fended pretty well. We rode the storm.

“In the last 20 min­utes we were by far the bet­ter team and I’m re­ally pleased with the lads. I think we got the tac­tics spot on and on an­other day we may have nicked it. I’m proud of the lads. It’s a good day at the of­fice.”

The frus­trated hosts could still have won it late on when sub­sti­tute James Vaughan headed over from close in when it looked eas­ier to score.

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