Boss Paul Warne reacts to Rotherham’s friendly win over Cardiff

Rotherham boss Paul Warne says his players staked a big claim for a shirt on the opening day of the season after an encouraging pre-season win over Cardiff.

The Millers put in a promising display at the AESSEAL New York Stadium to come from behind and beat the Premier League newboys 2-1.

After Josh Murphy had put Neil Warnock’s men in front in the 13th minute, Matty Palmer headed the Millers level before the break before the influential Michael Smith scored the winner with a fine finish to a good team move.

It continues the Millers’ unbeaten run in pre-season and was their first test against higher-league opposition.

And Warne believes the performance shows his side are all fighting for the cause.

“I am pretty happy, against a really strong team,” he said. “They had a lot of the ball in the first half but when the lads played the way we asked them to they were a threat.

“We didn’t get any injuries, scored a couple of goals so the overall emotion is that I am pretty pleased.

“Pre-season games don’t count for anything, if we’d have lost 2-1 I wouldn’t have been suicidal, generally the way we played was good.

“I don’t think anyone let us down, they all put in a display which makes them want to wear the shirt come the first game of the season and that’s all we ask.”

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