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READ | Warne on the Millers' enforced break

22 August 2019

Having seen his side secure successive away victories in Sky Bet League One following last weekend's hard-fought win at Burton Albion, Paul Warne admits that it's not an ideal time to be without a fixture.

Rotherham United were scheduled to play Bury on Tuesday evening at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, but the Shakers' financial troubles meant the game was postponed. Saturday's trip to Portsmouth was also cancelled, and that game still remains to be rearranged for later on in the campaign. 

Due to that, the Millers aren't in action again until they face Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup Second Round on Wednesday 28th August, but the gaffer is keen to ensure the momentum continues.

He said: “It’s disappointing that we’ve had two games off because we would’ve played three league games when the rest of the division would’ve played five, so the table is going to look a bit strange before we play against Tranmere at the end of the month.

“We don’t really want a collection of fixtures to catch up on, that’s for sure. The lads are in a really good place at the moment because we’ve made a strong start, so this enforced break may have been more welcome later on in the season when they need some downtime.

“I always think it takes around six games to really see where you’re at, so with this halt in play, that has put that back a little bit. Despite that, we will look forward to the game against Sheffield Wednesday and then it’s back to the bread and butter of League One."

Although they will be without a competitive game until next week, Warne and his staff are putting the players through their paces and the manager revealed they would be holding an intra-squad friendly to keep the match sharpness intact. 

On that, Warne added: “We’re having a game amongst ourselves on Thursday and we had the Open Day where the lads trained at the stadium, so that was really nice seeing loads of fans. We will continue to train hard and then I’ll let the squad have three days off before preparing for Wednesday.

“It’s just a pity that having picked up back-to-back wins away from home, we couldn’t have the opportunity to follow that up with three points at home. We just have to attack the situation with a smile on our face and ensure that we give it our all.”


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