Rotherham boss Paul Warne upbeat despite play-off draw at Scunthorpe

Rotherham manager Paul Warne admits a draw was a fair result in their League One playoff semi-final first leg against Scunthorpe

Rotherham manager Paul Warne says he is not too downbeat after his side drew 2-2 with Scunthorpe in the Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final first leg.

The Millers looked on course to take an advantage back to the New York Stadium on Wednesday as they were leading through Joe Newell’s goal until Cameron McGeehan forced home an 88th-minute equaliser.

Warne’s side, whose early lead from Jon Taylor was cancelled out by a Michael Ihikewe own goal in the first half, will return to their own patch as the favourites to progress to Wembley.

“If you’d have given me a draw before the game I would have been happy with that,” Warne said. “I’ll put some smiles back on the faces, a few of them are down so we will pick them up and go again on Monday.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One playoff semi-final first leg between Scunthorpe and Rotherham.

“To come away from here 2-1 up would have been a great result but I can’t be greedy. Scunny played well they are a great side so to come here and match them on their own turf is good and we can take credit for that, hopefully we can win on Wednesday.

“When I went in it was downbeat like they’d just got beaten. If I’d have offered them 2-2 before the game they would have taken it and if I’d have offered them a one-night only game against Scunthorpe to get to Wembley for the play-off final they would definitely have took it.

“They shouldn’t be downbeat and they gave it their all and you don’t always get what you want.”

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