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Raynor pleased with pre-season form

16 July 2013

Assistant happy with New York victory...

Assistant Manager Paul Raynor was pleased with the performance that saw Rotherham United overturn a 1-0 deficit, and run out 2-1 victors in the first outing of pre-season at New York Stadium.

England Under 21 international Marvin Sordell put the visitors ahead in the first period, but goals from captain on the night Alex Revell, and strike-partner Daniel Nardiello ensured the Millers took the bragging rights.

“You’re always pleased with the win,” Raynor said, speaking exclusively to Millers Player after the game. “I know it’s only pre-season, but Bolton Wanderers are going to be challengers in the Championship this season. You can see the quality Dougie has got in his side, and the quality that was on show tonight.

“I was pleased with the boys out there tonight, and the strikers’ work when they were out of possession. It’s early days yet, we said how pleased we were with the week in Scotland, and we knew the opposition would get higher and higher which it is doing, but it was nice to win, there were some excellent individual performances out there tonight, and a good team performance.”

The game was used as an opportunity to get 90 minutes into most players on the pitch, and all but one completed at least 85. Defender Claude Davis was withdrawn shortly after half-time, but Raynor insists it was only as a precaution.

“His (Davis) levels are good, after coming back a bit later than the rest of the boys, but he’s really stepped up the pace and worked well with Paul Warne. He got a bit of a knock in the first half, and wanted to carry on, but we can’t take any chances. We’ve been really fortunate with injuries we certainly won’t risk any of the players, so we took him off and he should be fine for Saturday.”

You can see a full interview with Paul Raynor, by clicking here. 

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