Warne is encouraged by Millers’ showing

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne.
Rotherham United manager Paul Warne.
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Rotherham United’s manager Paul Warne says he has seen some encouraging displays since he was appointed and the club have finished a nightmare season unbeaten in three.

The Millers had led through Lee Frecklington’s 66th-minute strike, but Derby County earned a point through Tom Ince’s 84th-minute penalty after Will Hughes was tripped by Jonson Clarke-Harris

Rotherham finished the campaign rock-bottom of the Championship, but Warne said: “I’m pretty chuffed. I know that I am in charge of some record-breaking lows, but just recently we have done well. It does give me a little bit of hope that I can manage this club for a little bit longer.

“I’ve taken this job on because I think I can do good. I am putting every single ounce of effort in that I can.

“I am under no illusions about League One. I have watched a lot of games in League One and it’s not going to be easy.

“I am looking forward to the pressure of match day going away for a bit.

“I’m not disappointed with the draw. On another day it could have been 2-0, which would have been unbelievable.

“We said at half-time to have a go and on another day we could have got the win.

“They had a lot of possession but they didn’t rip us apart.”

Derby finished 13 points off the play-off spots in ninth and manager Gary Rowett says he is looking forward to the close season when he will build for a promotion push.

Rotherham United: O’Donnell, Fisher, Ajayi,Wood, Mattock, Frecklington, Smallwood, Vaulks, Taylor (Purrington 14), Adeyemi, Clarke-Harris, Purrington (Bailey-King 75). Unused substitutes: Morris, Belaid, Bray, Yates, Bilboe.

Derby County: Carson, Baird, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson, Butterfield, Ince, Bryson (Hughes 46), Johnson, Russell (Bent 57), Nugent (Blackman 79). Unused substitutes: Christie, Anya, Vydra, Mitchell.

Referee: D Deadman (Cambs).