Rotherham United’s desire gives Paul Warne a blueprint to beat Sheffield Wednesday

Paul warne believes that Rotherham United’s emphatic second-half showing at Hull City serves as the perfect template to follow in Saturday’s home derby with Sheffield Wednesday.

Anthony Forde: Played his part in Rotherhams unlikely second-half comeback at Hull. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Second best after a fraught first half which saw Hull deservedly lead 2-0, the Millers produced an outstanding second-half brimful of character and desire as they became the first side to score at the KCOM Stadium this year in a 2-2 draw.

More Yorkshire opponents lie in wait in the Owls on Saturday, the side who Millers followers love to beat more than any other.

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After seeing his charges claim an invaluable, if unlikely, point in their battle for Championship survival, the Millers chief is demanding similar intensity levels and hunger in a fixture which would take care of itself as far as the hosts are concerned.

Warne, whose side scored twice away from home for just the second time this season, said: “The lads will take a lot of positivity. If I had played the second half in the way they did, I would have got on the bus after the game and thought: ‘right I cannot wait for the next day.’

“We will take the confidence and feel good about ourselves for 24 hours and then it all starts again.”

Admitting that his side’s second-half performance was arguably their best of the season so far, he added: “It was possibly. It is the psychology of sport. You can be cruising and then someone can score against you and then all of a sudden, there is a massive swing.

“Nerves kicked in (for Hull) and I just thought: ‘If we can just come in at 2-0 down at half-time, I will take that’ and no two halves are the same in this league.

Rotherham's Jon Taylor celebrates scoring the equaliser against Hull City (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

“You have just got to stay in the game for as long as you can. Hull were brilliant in the first half and we could not put a glove on them.

“For us to come back and get a draw was a big point.”