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19 October 2017

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Rotherham United boss Paul Warne has hinted that he may choose to freshen up his pack with another long journey on the horizon as his side travel to Oxford United on Saturday.

The Millers will make it three games in seven days as they travel to the Kassam Stadium for this weekend’s Sky Bet League One fixture, which comes following the midweek trip to AFC Wimbledon and last Saturday’s hosting of Scunthorpe United.

Warne admits that he feels a couple of fresh faces could benefit his side for this weekend’s game but concedes that changes have been harder to make as a result of their recent good form.

“There's a lot of travelling involved. The problem is that when you're winning games it's difficult to pull people out and put people in,” he told

“I understand that when you've had three clean sheets you don't want to make changes but they're my decisions that I've got to make and they're not easy.

“It is a long journey down there and we have got to spruce them up again today, train again tomorrow and then there's another long journey.

“We have to take everything into account to putting 11 lads out there who I think are going to win a football match.”

Meanwhile, the Millers could be boosted by the returns of midfield duo Lee Frecklington and Jon Taylor for the match against the U’s but Warne admits they will be closely monitored in training prior to travel.

“Frecks and Taylor are both options for me, so that's good news and Potter is coming back as well,” he explained.

“In that respect, I'm in a better position than I was on Tuesday night and I've got more options in the middle of the pitch which we need. The energy we play with means that we're asking a lot of our lads in there to play 90 minutes flat out.

“I think Frecks will be fine, but he might be a little rusty. Tayls has had a little bit more time off so I think he will need a bit more training.

“We know where the parameters of their physicality is, so we know when they train how far they're off it with everything we have, so we'll have a good look at them over the next couple of days.”

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