Paul Warne talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Rotherham United boss Paul Warne has been pleased with the early efforts of his players on their pre-season tour of Austria, but concedes that they are yet to find their sharpness with the football after they drew 0-0 with SKU Amstetten on Tuesday morning.
Like last year’s group, the 2018/19 Millers squad have once again been subject to early morning hill runs through the Austrian countryside, with follow-up sessions and meetings going on well into the evening.
Whilst Warne admits that pre-season results are not the best marker of his side’s progress at this stage, he reiterated that winning games is never a bad habit to have but is confident their on-pitch showings will improve as the close season progresses.
“We're obviously training really hard. We had the game on Tuesday and we weren't at our flowing best but physically it was a good run out for the lads,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.
“We weren't as sharp with the ball as we'd have liked but we're a couple of days behind where we were this time last year, so we're looking forward to the next game on Saturday.
“I don't completely agree that results are irrelevant in pre-season because we set out to win every game. Yesterday the Austrian team got banks behind the ball when we had it and it was hard to break down but we're not as match sharp as they are, so I knew it was always going to be a tough game, but that's what we wanted it for.
“A lot of them got 60 minutes and the other got 30, so there are a lot of positives to take in that we're just getting the competition back into them.”
However, the Millers boss was pleased with the physical test provided by the Austrian outfit, who held his side to a goalless draw at the club’s training base at Sportschule Lindabrunn.
“The physicality of it was brilliant but I still like to win football matches,” Warned added.
“We didn't create enough, which is disappointing but we know that. We know we're not sharp enough with the ball yet and I'm sure we'll rectify that in time for Saturday.
“They trained hard on Monday which brought a bit of fatigue but they were back on the training ground yesterday evening when they did another hour and a half. It's just about getting the fundamentals in their game.”