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READ | Paul Warne looks ahead to Lincoln City test

8 August 2019

After the opening day triumph at AFC Wimbledon, Paul Warne is hoping that his side can maintain their perfect start to life in Sky Bet League One when newly promoted Lincoln City travel to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Coming up as champions of Sky Bet League Two, the Imps are riding on the crest of a wave and they'll be determined to stamp their authoriry on the third tier. With that in mind, the Millers boss is expecting a tight contest.

He said: "Well they play in a 4-2-3-1 formation and they look like they're going to be a real footballing side this year, so I expect them to have the ball quite a lot and to create things.

"They're used to winning and they've been coming out on top in most games during the last three years to they'll back themselves against anyone. Even if they go a goal down, they'll definitely keep going.

"I'm sure Lincoln will see this as a great place to come and play, and they are bringing a lot of fans so there will be a real atmosphere inside the ground. It would be great for either side to get back-to back wins, but hopefully that will be us."

Warne is also looking forward to seeing a few familiar people at the weekend, but he insists that as soon as the game gets under way, there is no time for sentiment as both teams battle for all three points.

The manager is wary of the dangers each individual within the opposition ranks can pose, although he knows that if his own group of players perform to the best of their abilities, they are good enough to contend with any team in the division.

"It's always nice when former players come back and they get the respect off the fans, but once the whistle goes it's all about us," Warne said.

"I presume Michael O'Connor is going to play although Lee Frecklington may not, but both were great players for us. Harry Toffolo is back as well alongside Neal Eardley who I played with at Oldham, so there's a few familiar faces.

"The way we play is in an attacking format and there's no fun in watching a team sit behind the ball. Lincoln won't do that and they'll try to hurt us with the belief that they can win here, but fingers crossed we'll have enough on the day to score more than them."


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