Rotherham United: Why the win over Peterborough was Paul Warne's 'favourite performance of season'

Rotherham boss Paul Warne marked the 4-0 win over promotion rivals Peterborough as his favourite performance of the season.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 10:47 am
Updated Monday, 30th December 2019, 10:47 am
Paul Warne

The Millers destroyed Posh in the second half at the AESSEAL New York Stadium with goals from Richard Wood and Kyle Vassell coming either side of own goals by Dan Butler and Joe Ward.

Both sides ended with 10 men but the Millers responded the best and fired themselves right into automatic promotion contention.

Warne has seen his side suffer in front of their own fans this season as teams have come and put men behind the ball, but this was the third time they have hit four or more goals in a game.

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And it was Warne enjoyed the most.

"I thought in the first half we played OK but turned down opportunities to cross it.

“In the second half we asked more of their back four.

“We got a bit of luck here and there but to win is nice.

"It was more about the fact that we played really well and played the way we wanted to play. I think we will get confidence from that.

"Even if we hadn't won, it just felt more like my team. It was my favourite performance of the season but not because of the scoreline."

It was just their fourth home win, having also lost four and drawn three and Warne reckons it was a timely display ahead of New Year's Day's clash with Blackpool.

“I always thought we were due a performance and probably today everything that could go right for us did,” he added.

“I want the Rotherham fans to leave here with a smile on their face.

“Win, lose or draw I want them to be happy. I think over recent weeks, we haven’t played as well.

“Especially against Fleetwood at home, we were poor but we had a scratched side out.

“Today, we had a real strong side out and that’s the potential of the team. We’ve got back to back home games coming up and the lads take a lot of confidence from this.”

Rotherham will come up against a familiar face on Wednesday following Grant Ward's move to Blackpool.

The Millers wanted to bring their former loanee back to the club, but he instead chose the Fylde coast.

Ward told Blackpool's website: "I've spoken to the manager and the owner and they’ve welcomed me with open arms.

"I’m coming to a team that wants to progress and the owner wants the area to do well. I'm excited to be part of it."