Rotherham United manager Paul Warne was on press duties for the Peterborough United home clash in the immediate aftermath of the Boxing Day win at Shrewsbury Town as the fixtures continue to come thick and fast in the festive period.
The Millers boss reviewed the last gasp win over the Shrews, spoke about Joe Mattock's injury after he was forced off through injury and covered the absent Ben Wiles, whilst previewing the clash with Posh at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Warne on building on Boxing Day win at Shrewsbury Town…
“The lads will take a lot of confidence from it. I think Shrews were one of the in-form teams in this league, they’d taken points off all the top teams.
“The lads can take a lot of plus points from that but we need to take it into Peterborough now, who lost their last game and will be looking to desperately pick up points during the Christmas period.
“They’ll come to us and we’ll expect them to really take the game to us. It will be a tough game but the next few after these will give us a real good idea of where we’re going to be.
“We’ve got a lot we need to address in terms of preparation for Posh but hopefully we can be really competitive come matchday.”
Warne on Mattock goal and injury…
“I don’t know how severe it is. He has a constant underlying problem with his back and he hurt his knee first half as well, so in fairness, he probably feels in less pain because we won.
“His grandad will be pleased that he scored, he keeps telling me I should play him higher up the pitch!
“I’m not too sure how severe it was but I don’t think we have any other physical issues to be fair.”
Warne on Wiles missing out at Shrewsbury…
“He’s sore. In fairness, we trained and he came and spoke to me and said he didn’t want to let anyone down. It was the same before the last game which he wasn’t 100% for but we literally needed him. That’s why it was a little bit upsetting for people to be giving him stick during the game because they don’t understand that.
“Today, I didn’t need to play him. Jamie Lindsay is back in the group and Dan and Crooksy marshalled the midfield really well. There was no point taking a risk but I’m hoping with a day’s rest we are able to include him in the squad for Sunday, because Wilesy has been brilliant for us.”
Warne on Peterborough’s recent defeat at Doncaster Rovers…
“I was a little bit surprised. In fairness, in this league people nick points off each other all the time.
“It is a 3-0 but was it a 3-0 like the scoreline suggests?
“I haven’t watched that game back yet, but my coaches are so we’ll pick the pieces out. Sometimes you can be misled by the result and think they’ve taken a drumming, when really they’ve been excellent.
“I just know they’ll come here desperately trying to get points because we’re all trying to get in the upper echelons of the league.”
Warne on looking to add a home win and festive points tally so far…
“If we could have swapped a couple of those draws [at home] which have been disappointing and flipped them into wins, we would be second or third or something. We’re not a million miles away.
“The last game at Shrewsbury away felt a bit more like us and for us to nick a last minute win felt a lot more like us.
“It has been a while since we’ve had that. I’m really pleased with that and hopefully we can build on that for the home games.”
Warne on remaining grounded in victory and upbeat after defeats…
“Everyone is trying to win every game. In fairness, I want to beat Tranmere, say, as much as I want to beat Peterborough.
“The real art of it is not to get too carried away with either result. Sometimes you lose and you didn’t do a lot wrong and sometimes you win but not everything was perfect.
“You just have to try and steady the ship really. This season we’ve had games where we’ve been disappointed but more often than not, when we’ve had a bad performance, we’ve backed it up with a good one.”
Warne on Sky Bet League One taking shape moving into 2020…
”As it goes into the New Year, with all the games, there will be a lot of teams who can still make a run for it.
“It looks really tight this season and I think it will go down to the last minute of the last game.”