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READ | Tough selection calls for Warne

11 August 2017

Paul Warne talks to iFollow Millers...

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne admits he faces a tough call in a number of areas as he looks to pick his side for the visit of Southend United tomorrow afternoon.

Warne, who made changes to his attack and midfield for Tuesday's Carabao Cup success over Lincoln City, has no fresh injury concerns as he seeks to find the right setup for the visit of Phil Brown's Shrimpers.

With the likes of Kieffer Moore, Darren Potter, Ryan Williams and Joe Newell all impressing in their first starts of the campaign, Warne knows he faces some tough decisions as the Millers prepare for their first home league game of the new campaign.

"I think the game on Tuesday came at a good time as they wanted to put the ghosts of Saturday away, and just prove how good they are and how hard they have worked," Warne told iFollow Millers.

"It is nice to play at home when we play attacking like we did, and all the lads want to be a part of it.

"I made four changes to the front six and we looked just as strong on paper as we did for the opening day.

"That's what is nice for me, it is obviously difficult for me picking the team, but I pick it on its merits each week. It also depends on the opposition, it depends on form but overall I was really pleased how things went on Tuesday."

Warne confirmed he was impressed with all the individuals who came into the side on Tuesday, and faces a decision on his wide areas, in central midfield and what partnership to select with his front pairing.

"Darren Potter was ill, but it was good to have him back on Tuesday," Warne added.

"He controls the game for us, and he allows Frecks to get around the pitch. There's competition in there, Potts did well, as did Frecks, as did Will Vaulks on Saturday. I have a tough call.

"It is a very strong team if David Ball isn't in it as well, we saw that on Tuesday. He's been one of our best players in pre-season, but the lads did well without him on Tuesday night. It is now up to me to pick the team for the next one."


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