‘For a Norwich fan to beat an Ipswich team is a big deal’ - City nut Warnie savours Blues’ scalp
PUBLISHED: 10:45 24 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:57 24 October 2019
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Norwich City fan and Rotherham United chief Paul Warne admitted beating Ipswich Town 2-0 at Portman Road meant so much to him and his family.
Warne's Norwich-supporting Dad, Russell, passed away earlier this year and the former Diss and Wroxham stalwart was backed by a number of family and friends, as the Millers' inflicted a second consecutive league defeat on Paul Lambert's Blues on Wednesday night.
"I really appreciate the effort of those fans who travelled because I know how far it is. Thanks for the 200 or so who came, half of them were my family," he joked. "For a Norwich fan to beat an Ipswich team is a big deal.
"Before we left the dressing room I got them all to write on the board who they were doing it for. I wrote my father's name down, I was doing it for my Dad, and you know me I am bit emotional and melancholy at the best of times.
"I get frustrated if I don't get a performance from my team. You just want the lads to go out and do their best, to enjoy life, to smile and I said to them after the game, 'You are tired now, but it is worth all the pain, putting your body on the line, running back and so on,' because winning football matches is beautiful.
"It is like unscripted theatre, football. You can turn up and watch the worst game ever and you can leave hating your team and they are all rubbish and then one night they perform to their absolute best and you can leave proud as punch."
Warne insisted the visitors were full value for a 2-0 away win.
"I thought we were really good for 85 minutes. After the first five minutes we looked the more effective team, the more dangerous team, we created by far the most chances and I don't think my keeper had a big save to make," he said, speaking to the Millers' official site. "I thought we nullified their threat. It was difficult. We thought they would play the 3-5-2 because that has brought them all the success and they played a 4-2-2-2, which caused us early problems, but once we got the information onto the lads I thought we dealt with that threat.
"A better away day I have not had in many a year. I didn't perhaps think it in the moment but looking back I never felt we were going to concede, which is a big thing to say. I don't think it is a statement win, it is just a win.
"It pleases my fans, pleases my players, pleases the chairman and that is all that matters. It is not worth as much if we go and lose on Saturday."