100 games in charge of Rotherham for Paul Warne – Here’s five of the best

Rotherham manager Paul Warne celebrates 100 games in charge when the Millers visit Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

It has been an eventful two years at the helm for Warne, having taken over in the club’s worst season on record before bouncing back to win promotion.

Here’s a look at five of the best games of his tenure so far.

Rotherham 2 Norwich 1 – January 2017

Still in a period where Warne was not sure whether he wanted the job permanently, he was picking the pieces up after a disastrous start to the season but enjoyed one of his best wins and one that meant more to him than most. Against the team Warne supports and with his family in attendance, Jerry Yates put the Millers ahead early on from close range before Nelson Oliveira saw red for the Canaries.  Cameron Jerome headed Norwich level shortly after the break but Tom Adeyemi headed the hosts back in front soon after as Tom and Jerry won it for the Millers. They did not win again until April.

Rotherham 5 Southend 0 – August 2017

Having disappointingly lost the opening game of the League One season, Rotherham put on a scintillating show for their fans with a stunning first-half performance that blew Southend away. Kieffer Moore was the chief destroyer as he plundered a first-half hat-trick, the first competitive one by a Miller at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, and Joe Newell also bagged as it was 4-0 at half-time. Ryan Williams added another after the break, but the Millers could not go on and record their biggest win at their new stadium, though they certainly laid a marker down for the season.

Blackpool 1 Rotherham 2 – December 2017

This game was hardly a classic but it ended up being among the most important in Warne’s tenure. On the back of a seven-game winless run in League One, the vultures were circling and there were reports that another defeat would cost him is job. Things looked bleak on the Fylde coast at half-time as the abject Millers trailed to Kelvin Mellor’s goal, but a superb double half-time substitution by Warne turned the game around and two David Ball goals in the final 14 minutes won it, kickstarting an unbeaten run that ended in March.

Rotherham 2 Shrewsbury 1 – May 2018

This needs little introduction, it was simply Warne’s crowning moment in the Rotherham dugout. After being through so much, inheriting the situation he did and then people wanting him sacked earlier in the season, Warne got the success he deserved and in brilliant fashion. After a brilliant run led them to Wembley his side stepped up on the big occasion and deservedly beat Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury. David Ball missed an early penalty but Richard Wood soon made up for it by heading home a corner. They were pegged back by Alex Rodman’s goal just before the hour. Wood made it a fairytale afternoon, though, when he converted another set-piece in extra time to seal Warne’s place in the club’s history.

Rotherham 1 Derby 0 – September 2018

This result became more notable for the manager in the opposition dugout, but that should not cloud the memory of what was arguably the Millers’ best performance under Warne. Frank Lampard got all the headlines after he was sent to the stand, but his Derby side were outfought and outplayed by a Rotherham team trying to establish themselves in the second tier. Ryan Manning’s second-half penalty won it for the Millers as Derby finished with 10 men following Tom Lawrence’s red card.

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