Easter Monday’s 2-1 loss at Reading may have been a 21st away defeat from 22 games, but the manner of it left Paul Warne feeling upbeat about his side’s prospects next season.
The Millers, already relegated and now guaranteed to post their lowest-ever second-tier points total, came close to upsetting the odds at the Madejski Stadium as they led through Tom Adeyemi’s 19th-minute opener until two goals in 13 second-half minutes ensured Reading took the three points.
But Warne’s men were in the game for large parts, and on the back of their first point since February against Birmingham on Good Friday, the boss has cause to be positive.
“We went toe to toe with a side pushing for promotion. I’m uber proud of the performance,” Warne said.
“The way we played gives me grounds for optimism next season.
“Ninety per cent of the players out there today will probably be with us next season in League One. It’s a good skeleton to build on. The lads are playing for nothing but pride but they never gave up.
“The way the lads are playing, considering their season is as good as over, they’re not giving up. I’ve got a lot of respect for that.”