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READ | Millers boss insists supporters will be 'crucial' this season

9 August 2019

As Rotherham United prepare for what will be their first Sky Bet League One fixture at the AESSEAL New York Stadium this season, manager Paul Warne has lauded the impact the Millers supporters can have on himself and the players.

Lincoln City will be the opposition on Saturday afternoon, and buoyed by an opening day victory of their own against Accrington Stanley last weekend, the Imps are expected to bring a substantial away following.

Whilst the prospect of thousands of visiting fans swarming into your stadium could prove daunting to some, Warne believes it brings the best out of the home crowd and he is relishing what is set to be a brilliant atmosphere.

"When the away end is full it usually encourages a few more of our supporters to turn out and they have something more to sing at," he said.

"Taking the result out of it too, as a spectacle, they're the games you want to be involved in."

With 45 games still left to play in Sky Bet League Two, the manager is gearing up for a long season as his side fight to finish as high up the table as they can, and he insists the support will play a huge part in any success the Millers may have.

As a result of that, he is keen to ensure that anyone who follows Rotherham United feels as if they have a real connection with the club, and he encourages his staff and players to build a strong rapport with fans on and off the pitch.

He added: "It's an advantage when you play at home and you've got the fans behind you - it certainly has an influence on performances. The Millers faithful are absolutely fundamental to any success we have and with us lot in charge, we've really tried to engage with them.

 "I want them to feel a part of it because they are. Their effect on the lads can't be underestimated and it is crucial, so for those who travelled down to Wimbledon, I would like to thank them because it felt like a real game of football."

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