Paul Warne buoyant after stopping the rot with draw against Birmingham

Rotherham boss Paul Warne was in buoyant mood after seeing his side finally stop a run of 10 successive defeats.

The Millers’ 1-1 draw with Birmingham was their first point since February 11 and was thoroughly deserved after they outplayed a poor Blues outfit for much of the game.

They were heading for defeat when Kerim Frei scored a delicious 25-yard free-kick, but Danny Ward’s second goal in as many games earned a point, which should have been all three but for Jerry Yates’ pitiful miss deep into injury time.

Boss Warne said: “My overriding emotion is contentment because of the run we have been on and they scored a wonder goal with the free-kick.

“After what happened last week at Wigan, I was thinking ‘Wow’. I was looking at the clock with 20 mins to go and I was thinking, ‘Please don’t fold’.

“It’s a difficult job when things are going quite right, they could easily down tools. Although we could have taken all three points I am still taking pride for the second half performance.

“They had a right go. I am edged with a bit of disappointment because of the chance we had at the end but I am pretty buoyant.

“It feels pretty amazing. If Jerry’s scored we would have celebrated like we’d have been promoted. It was just a good feeling, we haven’t scored at home for a while.

“It was nice to get at least one point. The lads are pretty pleased with themselves, they are proud of how they performed.

“On another day we might have taken another two points. A draw means a lot to us because we have had 10 defeats on the spin.”

The emotions could not be more at odds than those of Gianfranco Zola, who faced chants from his own supporters wanting him sacked.

He also had to deal with two players, reported to be Emilio Nsue and Lukas Jutkiewicz, fighting during their warm-down, but is remaining defiant.

He said: “Why should I leave before the end of the season? I don’t leave things undone. I can handle the situation so why should I leave?

“We have four games to play. We need those points to be safe, then we will focus on next season. Then I will say things that have to be said.”

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