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Rotherham United manager Paul Warne says a healthy crowd at this Saturday’s home clash with Portsmouth could make all the difference as the Millers look to extend their recent unbeaten run.
The Millers are set to host Pompey for the first time at AESSEAL New York Stadium, in a game that will also see former manager Kenny Jackett make his first return to South Yorkshire.
With the South Coast club currently just one place and one point above the Millers in the table, Warne insists it is a vital game as both sides look to maintain their impressive starts to the New Year.
“We have had an excellent run over Christmas and the New Year, but we were obviously keen to maintain the feel-good factor around the club ahead of two very tough home games,” Warne told www.themillers.co.uk.
“As well as we have done in the last six weeks, Portsmouth boast an equally impressive record and I know Kenny will be keen to get a result on his return.
“We have put ourselves in a handy position after a good point at Oldham, and with another break in the calendar coming up, it’s important that we keep the momentum going and keep putting points on the board to put the sides above us under pressure.
“Portsmouth will be thinking exactly the same, setting this one up to be an exciting game and one in which both sides will be going for the win.”
Portsmouth look set to be backed by a healthy travelling contingent with Warne calling upon the Millers rank and file to produce a famous AESSEAL New York Stadium atmosphere, as two of the division’s form team collide.
“Pompey always travel in big numbers and this is the first time that they have played at our stadium, so we’re expecting a big following,” Warne added.
“It promises to be a great atmosphere, and on the surface it has all the ingredients to become one of those famous New York atmospheres that we have enjoyed over the years.
“I understand many people have spent a lot of money over the Christmas period, so I would like to thank you all for the incredible support over the last couple of months, and I’m looking forward to seeing you again this weekend.”
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