For the best part of six years Paul Warne was used to seeing Rotherham sides come from behind to take points.
Warne was part of the legendary team under Ronnie Moore that used to nick results against the odds on their way from the then Division Three to Division One.
Many a time the Millers took points late on in games, turning losses into draws and draws into wins. They didn’t always deserve it, but their spirit was unbreakable.
Now, as boss, Warne is witnessing the same from his side on an increasingly regularly basis and they were at it again against Blackburn on New Year’s Day.
The Millers’ unbeaten run looked like ending at five when Bradley Dack surged through and fired Blackburn ahead midway through the second half.
— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) January 1, 2018
Without the presence of Kieffer Moore and jaded legs from a gruelling festive period, Warne’s men pushed but never really threatened.
Then, when all was looking lost, David Ball popped up in the 89th minute to seal a 1-1 draw.
The Millers might even have won it after a five-minute bombardment in time added on, but still a draw was a good result.
It meant the unbeaten run kept going after all and during that six-game sequence, Rotherham have taken eight points from losing positions.
— Liam Mullins RUFC⚽️ (@mullins1990) January 1, 2018
What makes it even better is that it took them until their 15th league game to come from behind to earn a draw and their 21st to win from a losing position. Now, they can’t stop doing it.
And with Richie Barker and Mike Pollitt in his backroom staff, Warne finds it difficult not to compare to his time in a red and white shirt.
“It felt a bit like when we used to play, when we used to nick a winner at the end,” Warne said.
“It would have been like Escape To Victory stuff, it wasn’t to be but I would definitely have taken a draw.
“The overriding feeling is that the last six games, we have been losing in four and we have come back to win three and draw one with 10 men.
“They are the most in-form team in the league, to come back to draw 1-1 makes me really pleased.”
From the notebook
– No one can deny the impact Kieffer Moore has had during his 13-game loan spell but he played just 57 minutes of this current six-game unbeaten run. He changed the game at Walsall, but that is proof that the Millers can prosper without him.
– Rotherham have a new goalscoring hero anyway. David Ball was the summer signing everyone expected the most from and now he is delivering. Six goals in eight games is as good as anyone in the division at the minute.
– Props to Jonson Clarke-Harris. His arrival from the bench changed the game, with his physicality and power offering something different. It might have left Warne considering whether to hold on to him this January.
Have to say that JCH made a big impact when he came on, when his side needed him as well. #rufc
— Jonathan Veal (@jonathandveal83) January 1, 2018
– Much like Semi Ajayi, Josh Emmanuel has began to rediscover his pre-season form. Against Rovers he put in a polished defensive display and also was a menace going forward.
– The Millers now have a fortnight off and that is a handy break. Players can get well deserved rest and it also gives Warne time to try and strengthen his squad.