Rotherham boss Paul Warne believes that his side’s eye-catching victory at table-topping Shrewsbury Town will make their League One rivals sit up and take notice.

Richard Wood’s first-half strike proved the difference in Shropshire as Warne’s side held firm to notch their sixth successive victory and consolidate their position in the League One play-off.

Warne was full of praise for his side’s ability to dig out a result against Paul Hurst’s high-flyers on a difficult New Meadow playing surface as he told the club website.

“It was a difficult game,” Warne admitted.

“It was a hard game and the pitch wasn’t amazing and was not good for football for either team. It became a game of corners, throw-ins and hard work really and I thought on chances created we edged the game.

“We started really well and in the first 15 minutes we were really good but Shrewsbury, top of the league, came back at us but we weathered their storm. In the second half, we really pressed for the second goal, which would have made my life at the side of the pitch much easier but to win one-nil is obviously very pleasing.”

With the Millers stretching their unbeaten run to 13 games following the victory, Warne was quick to hail the character of his side, who have gone from mid-table obscurity to knocking on the door of the automatic promotion places, following their impressive run of form of late.

“The lads have a real belief in themselves,” Warne added.

“We are on a fantastic run at the moment but we just go onto the next game, and so on. The lads have amazing belief as a group. They are a really close group. I’m lucky as the moment as it’s very difficult to pick the 18. I’m really pleased with what they are doing on the pitch and they deserve all the plaudits.”

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