Proud Warne un­able to cel­e­brate with win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

THERE was no happy home­com­ing for Nor­folk-born Paul Warne as his Rother­ham United side lost to Cham­pi­onship lead­ers Nor­wich City.

The Ca­naries did not have things all their own way at Car­row Road, with Rother­ham go­ing in at the break one up thanks to a 10th minute goal from Richie Tow­ell, who latched on to a loose ball after Tim Krul could only parry a Will Vaulks shot.

But the hosts took com­plete com­mand in the sec­ond half and never looked back after young­ster Todd Cantwell had fired home his first se­nior goal on 55 min­utes fol­low­ing good work from Teemu Pukki.

The Ca­naries de­servedly made it 2-1 in the 70th minute when Cantwell floated in a cross for an on­rush­ing Aarons to open his league ac­count and rounded off the win six min­utes from time, with Pukki scor­ing his 12th of the sea­son after de­fender Semi Ajayi had been caught in posses­sion.

“In the end I thought Nor­wich de­served the win – they cre­ated enough chances to have won the game com­fort­ably,” Warne said. “But we got a good set-piece goal to go ahead early on and it could have been eas­ily have been 2-0 (when Will Vaulks hit the post).

“We gave a good, well-coached side a few prob­lems but we lost a cou­ple of play­ers to in­jury and in the sec­ond half they dom­i­nated the game, al­though I thought we should have done a lot bet­ter with their sec­ond and third goals. At 2-1 down with 15 min­utes to go I still fan­cied get­ting some­thing from the game, but the third goal killed us.”

Warne said he en­joyed his first ex­pe­ri­ence of man­ag­ing at Car­row Road, hav­ing been brought up a Nor­wich fan.

“I didn’t come here to lose, that’s for sure, but it meant a lot to me to man­age here, “he said.

“It was a sur­real mo­ment when I walked out through the tun­nel at Car­row Road.

“My mum and dad were fol­low­ing the match at home be­cause dad hasn’t been too well but a lot of my fam­ily were here to see the game and I am go­ing off to spend the evening with them now.”

Nor­wich boss Daniel Farke was im­pressed with the way his side re­sponded to an early set­back

“It was a dif­fi­cult start for us to­day and it was then im­por­tant that we showed the right men­tal­ity, es­pe­cially after the draw at Hull in mid­week,” said Farke. “For the first 25 min­utes it was tough but for the next 65 min­utes I thought we were bril­liant go­ing for­ward and at the back we didn’t al­low them a sin­gle chance.

“In the end I think it was a well de­served win and I think we could eas­ily have scored five of six goals with all the chances we cre­ated.”

Nor­wich: Krul, Aarons, Zim­mer­mann, Klose, Lewis (Rhodes 87), Tettey, Vrancic (Try­bull 89), Emi, Stieper­mann, Cantwell, Pukki (God­frey 90). Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Mar­shall, Pass­lack, Sr­beny, McGovern.

Rother­ham: Ro­dak, Vyner, Ajayi, Robert­son (Wood 46), Mat­tock, Vaulks, Forde (Proctor 73), Wil­liams, Newell (Tay­lor 42), Tow­ell, Smith.

Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Price, Man­ning, Wiles, Jones. Ref­eree: S Mar­tin (Stafford­shire).

PAUL WARNE: The Rother­ham United man­ager en­joyed his first ex­pe­ri­ence of man­ag­ing at his boy­hood club, de­spite de­feat to the Cham­pi­onship lead­ers.

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