Rotherham United manager Paul Warne was on iFollow Millers duty ahead of the hosting of Rochdale at AESSEAL New York Stadium in Sky Bet League One…
Warne spoke about the fantastic character on show at Solihull Moors on Monday night, the comeback wins his side produced in November before covering all the injury news and discussing the challenge of facing Brian Barry-Murphy’s Rochdale.
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Warne on Millers Emirates FA Cup magic at Solihull Moors...
"I thought in fairness, Solihull were excellent and the fact that they took the defeat so well, considering they were 3-0 up and looked like getting through to the next round, they were incredibly gracious.
"Massive respect must go to them. I knew they were going to cause us problems and be a goal threat.
"In fairness to the lads, the character to come back was a joy to behold. To the fans who kindly stayed and stuck with the team I have absolute massive respect."
Warne's praise for character after two comeback wins in a month...
"The character is really good. I'm obsessed with how good my human beings are and we try and recruit really good people.
"The game is never over in our eyes. Even if you are losing and get yourself a consolation goal in the last minute, you still have to try and be the best you can be.
"The fact that the lads responded the way they did and have a real belief is good. It isn't good for my heart if I think they have to score four every time to win, but from an entertainment point of view I suppose it was great for the neutral."
"I just think it is a never-say-die attitude really. You just have to bounce back."
Warne on goals flying in for the Millers...
"It is a poor man's Newcastle of old at the minute isn't it! We do try and attack.
"My highlight was definitely Icky's goal. I was right behind it and it fell to him a treat. I didn't know until I watched the highlight about his back heel for the fourth goal!
"It is what you want because everyone thinks that they should play on Saturday. The big change for me is the quality of ball into the box. Chieo put some great crosses in and that's what I asked him to do.
"If we put them in the middle of the six [yard box] then it is up to the centre forwards how much they want to get on the end of it.
"The strikers are all chipping in and obviously Icky scored so it was a happy dressing room after."
Warne on injury news...
"There are a couple of knocks and bruises.
"You could see Robbo was sore after 70 minutes and he's had an injection on Tuesday, so we're hoping that will help him to be able to train tomorrow, but we don't know if he'll play a part at all on Saturday.
"He [Trevor Clarke] won't train today. We're not 100% sure if he will train or play a part over the course of the next two or three days.
Warne on Mattock injury...
"He's training today which is great news. He did ticked all the boxes and is lactate testing now on the treadmill to make sure he is fit enough to join in.
"He should pass that easily and he should fully train today.Hopefully he trains tomorrow pain free and then can be involved in the squad on Saturday"
Warne on Wood and Jones...
"Woody is another 10 days away I think. Billy unfortunately is a severe hamstring injury, so he won't play a part this year."
Warne on Rochdale and their unbeaten record at AESSEAL New York Stadium...
"Every game is tough. In fairness, you could say they are in the bottom half of the league, but in all due respect, Solihull were two leagues below us.
"I have full respect for every team. They really play possession football and they love to keep the ball and move you around until they can smell a weakness and then try and punish you.
"They are really well coached. In that respect, they'll be well-prepared. They'll want to play at our place because it is a great place to play football, so they'll turn up and really fancy the challenge against us and there will be pressure on us to perform as well, as there always is for the home team.
"Me and Rich went and watched them against Boston, which was a really good game and hopefully we'll pick a really strong team to be competitive.
"If we can win at home it would be great, but all we want from our lads is to play their absolute best and if they do that, and they don't win, then what more can we ask. Football sometimes isn't fair but I'm hopeful that if we carry on from the last 15 minutes the other night and really try and get at them, there should be goals in the game and hopefully it won't be us conceding them."