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Rotherham striker Leon Best hails the Neil Warnock effect

Rotherham striker Leon Best says that Neil Warnock's direct style has got the players playing for him.

The veteran manager, who is 67, is not known for beating around the bush, with clips of his famous dressing room rants popular with fans on social media.

His old style man-management skills are proving just as popular for the Millers players too as they have delivered 10 points from their last four games, which has given them a fine chance of winning their battle against the drop in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Best, who scored his first two Millers goals in the heroic 3-3 draw with Derby on Saturday, was brought to the club by Neil Redfearn, but admits Warnock has brought a different mood around the place.

"When I first came here, it was a totally different atmosphere," Best said. "It was a team that was used to not winning, and I think it showed in a couple of games.

"But the manager has come in and given people the belief. He's straightforward. 

"There's no beating about the bush with him. He tells you what he wants and if you do it he'll be happy with you. 

"It's put everyone where they want to be and got us all going and working and giving our all for him."

Best's heroics against Derby, where he spent the first half of last season on loan without scoring, were not only timely for the Millers' cause but also his own.

The 29-year-old enjoyed the buzz of scoring for the first time since April 2014 and hopes a stop-start Millers career can now finally get going.

"I'm delighted to score," he said. "It's been hard for me with injuries and finding a club. 

"I signed here in November, played against Leeds and got a red card and then had a double hernia. I had operation. 

"I've been fighting with myself, fighting with my fitness, not being as sharp as I want to be. 

"It's really hard work when you're a striker and you're not scoring and you're coming on and doing things and certain things aren't going your way. 

"But this has really lifted me. I needed that. Two goals in a game where we needed some goals is definitely what I needed to go on and finish the season strongly."

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