Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn admitted the Sky Bet Championship win over former club Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday was ‘extra special’.
After the turbulent time he endured at the Leeds club at the end of last season, it was a moment to savour: “This is sweet, it has been tough. Leeds Fans will probably be as happy as Rotherham fans tonight. It was a real battling performane and I thought we wanted it more than Leeds today.
“When it mattered we wanted it more than them and that was apparent.”
The victory was much-needed for Redfearn as he had taken just one point from his opening six games and seen his side drift five points from safety. It was a fiesty encounter which both sides ended with 10 men as Leon Best and Gaetano Berardi saw red for an off-the-ball incident.
It was Redfearn’s first time back at Elland Road since leaving the club in the summer and he enjoyed the sweet taste of success as he masterminded a maiden victory in charge of the Millers, thanks to Joe Newell’s second-half header.
That was after he was denied a space in the car park by Massimo Cellino’s club, meaning he had to make alternative travel arrangements.
“It’s very childish. I parked in Batley and I am getting the bus back!” he joked. “I learnt it yesterday but (fitness coach) Paul Warne drove my car in and I came in with someone else so they aren’t that clever are they?
“It hasn’t soured my feeling for Leeds United, just one man.”