Rotherham United boss Paul Warne expresses disappointment when told of Sheffield Wednesday relegation

After 46 games and on a topsy-turvy survival Saturday in the Championship both Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United ended within one goal of safety.

Sunday, 9th May 2021, 12:14 pm

Both sides spent time outside of the relegation zone as results stood but it was Derby County who were left celebrating after Martyn Waghorn’s penalty earned them a 3-3 draw against the Owls and kept them up.

Facing the media after his side’s chances were dashed by a late Cardiff City equaliser, Rotherham manager was still unaware of the situation at Pride Park when he reported for media duties.

Speaking to BBC Sheffield’s Adam Oxley he said: “I knew at half-time Wednesday were winning. I didn’t tell the lads that, I didn’t think the lads needed any more motivation to win the game.

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An emotional Paul Warne spoke of his disappointment in Sheffield Wednesday's relegation.

“I then knew they were drawing and I was told they were winning 3-2 and I don’t know if that’s still the case?”

Told of Derby’s equaliser he looked crestfallen. “Wednesday?” he said, “OK. That’s disappointing.

“I’ve got a lot of things I don’t want to say about that.”

Like Wednesday in recent weeks, the Millers passed up a number of opportunities to make ground on the safety spots but ultimately seemed to run out of steam.

“Obviously it was going to be an exciting end to the season,” he said. “I think we made it an exciting end to the season. The way we’ve played and behaved this year in the Championship, I’d like to think is something the fans can be really proud of.”

Wycombe Wanderers will join the two South Yorkshire clubs in League One next season.

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