Warne hails Millers as Smith grabs point

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

ROTHER­HAM man­ager Paul Warne hailed his side’s re­silience and bat­tling qual­i­ties as Michael Smith scored just his sec­ond goal of the sea­son to sal­vage a point at Pre­ston.

Rother­ham reg­is­tered back-to­back points on the road thanks to a 1-1 draw at Deep­dale and Warne was de­lighted with the fight­ing spirit his side dis­played.

The Millers se­cured their first away point of the sea­son at Mid­dles­brough in mid­week, and Smith can­celled out Tom Barkhuizen’s opener as Rother­ham drew their third con­sec­u­tive match.

Warne said: “I think the lads did enough to get a draw. Smithy had a great chance in the first half which smacked the post and their keeper has made a great save off Vas (Kyle Vassell).

“But we got a de­served goal and I think we were more than de­serv­ing of a point to be hon­est.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with the first half, I thought we took too many chances in the mid­dle of the pitch which I’d told my lads not to.

“I just didn’t think we were quick enough and force­ful enough in the first half and I asked us to play dif­fer­ently in the sec­ond half.

“But this group have un­be­liev­able char­ac­ter. I’m re­ally pleased with what they’re try­ing to do here.

“Af­ter we rode the ini­tial storm we were re­ally in the game. It was dis­ap­point­ing we con­ceded the goal when we did be­cause we were hav­ing a good spell. We were on the front foot.

“In the sec­ond half we were re­ally good. I thought we were the team who was go­ing to win it.”

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