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READ | Warne's pre-Fleetwood Town press highlights

19 December 2019

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne was on iFollow Millers duty ahead of the hosting of Fleetwood Town in Sky Bet League One this weekend.

The Millers boss covered his Southend United reflections, injury and illness in camp, a run of tough festive fixtures and the challenge of facing Fleetwood Town this weekend, as well taking time to reiterate the importance of the club's Christmas hospital and hospice visits..

Full video content available HERE on iFollow Millers…

Warne's Southend United reflections...

"We did everything we could to win the game and if you can't win, don't lose. To pick a point up on our travels is never bad and it is an improving Southend team.

"There were some good performances in there.

"They don't give up, which is a good thing. In fairness, I thought we edged the first half and then to concede two in quick succession the way we did, a lesser team may have crumbled but it invigorated the lads. We got a goal straight away and kept pushing for the winner. I never have doubts on their characters, they are right up there."

Warne on festive fixtures against other top sides...

"Come January, we'll definitely know where we are and what we're missing.

"We're playing all the top teams up and around there and it will be a tricky month, but I prefer that. We've gone into games as the clear favourite which isn't an easy tag to have really but these games, with Fleetwood first are against teams with some really good players."

Warne on injuries and illness in camp...

"It's weird isn't it. You would think with their lifestyles and food and everything they wouldn't get ill like the rest of us but the problem is there is 30 of us in this building.

"If we do get an illness it does go around pretty quick. It is disappointing in that respect to have a couple ill, but hopefully we will have at least 16 or 17 fit for Saturday. 

"Richard Wood will train with us today [Thursday] but he won't be available for this weekend.

Warne on thoughts being with the absent Jamie Lindsay...

"Unfortunately his son hasn't recovered as quickly as it was thought he might. He is still in hospital in Glasgow and Jamie is obviously there with his family as I would expect.

"He has our thoughts with him all the time and we'll see him when we see him. There is no rush for him to come back from a personal point of view, that is for sure."

Warne on challenge of facing Fleetwood Town...

"I think they are the third or fourth best team in the league possession-wise. They definitely keep the ball so we'll have to look at the way that we want to play and impose ourselves.

"We've been building it up all week with the lads and we respectfully discuss the opposition and how they play but it is more about how we play and what we want to do and how we can hurt them.

"We're having a real positive drive this week and hopefully the fans will enjoy watching it come Saturday."

Warne on Fleetwood personnel...

"They've got a really good team and for me, two of the best full backs in the league. They're really good on set pieces and good up top. 

"They have a bit of experience through the middle of the team and they've got a good blend."

Warne on Christmas visits...

"It is pretty essential that we go, I think.

"Our Football in the Community [RUCST] does no end of stuff, they have no end of staff and they are always out there. 

"Going out to hospices and hospitals at Christmas is great and it is humbling as well. I wouldn't say that it knocks the stuffing out of the lads but they are in the car park after with a real appreciation for what they've got and what they do for a living and what they are able to do.

"It might just put smiles on people's faces. Sometimes just seeing the smiles on the nurses faces is enough because not everyone is a Millers fan!

"We should get out in the community, I'm big on that and the lads will be in various places this afternoon [Thursday]."

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