Camaraderie pivotal to Rotherham United's play-off hopes

PAUL Warne says the team spirit of his Rotherham United side will be key in their quest for promotion, writes Ricky Charlesworth.

Rotherham United boss, Paul Warne. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

The Millers posted a slender but nevertheless crucial victory at Gillingham on Tuesday night to move a step closer to confirming a spot in the League One play-offs.

The success, achieved thanks to a solitary first-half strike from Will Vaulks, was the 22nd win of the season for Rotherham – more than they garnered in the entire previous two campaigns.

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Manager Warne says that the team’s unity this season has proven crucial as the squad looks to return to the second tier at the first attempt following a sobering relegation last term.

“I think we’ve got a group of lads here that are great to work with,” said Warne following the victory in Kent.

“I keep saying it, but it’s the truth.

“They are just finding a way to win games at the moment.

“Some games we play good football and we’re determined to win football matches and other times we have to mix it up, like we did at Gillingham.

“We’re desperate to get into those play-offs.

“We’ve been together nearly 10 months now and everyone wants it.

“There’s a real camaraderie within the group.”

United are currently fourth in the standings and nine points clear of seventh-placed Plymouth, who have five games remaining.

But Warne isn’t resting on his laurels and insists he will not be content until his side are guaranteed a top-six berth.

He added: “I think anyone who doesn’t live in my brain thinks we’ve done it – I don’t.

“There’s a pessimism in you, as a football manager.

“We feel like we’re close but until we’re actually in there, we’ve got nothing to celebrate yet.”