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READ | Warne ready to go again

15 December 2016

Rotherham United interim boss Paul Warne won’t need any assistance in motivating his side to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat to Fulham.

The Millers ran the Cottagers close at Craven Cottage before falling to a 2-1 defeat in the capital.

With no time to dwell, the bubbly Warne says he will approach training today with his usual gusto, knowing that the prospect of a South Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday will be motivation enough as he looks to get back to winning ways.

“I have the task of getting the lads ready, and if anyone knows me they’ll tell you I’ll come into work with some humour on Thursday, pick the lads up, dust them down and then we’ll go again,” Warne said.

“Deep down I don’t think many people would have had us on their coupon to beat Fulham away, but it went right to the wire. If we would have nicked a draw, I think for our efforts we would have deserved it, and it would have been a happier bus on the way home.”

Warne will assess the fitness of strike pairing Izzy Brown and Danny Ward before the weekend. Both were withdrawn in the game at Fulham with Brown being replaced with a tight hamstring, whilst Ward was suffering with a wrist injury.

Elsewhere on the injury front, Warne can call upon the services of Peter Odemwingie who has served his three-match ban for his sending off against Leeds United.

“Izzy came off with a tight hamstring, but he hasn’t pulled it,” Warne added.

“He wasn’t moving well, then all of sudden he went on a run, so we were left thinking is he okay or not. In the end we didn’t want to risk him and then lose him for three or four weeks, so reluctantly we took him off.”

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