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READ | Warne's pre-MK Dons press highlights

21 November 2019

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne was on iFollow Millers duty ahead of the trip to MK Dons in Sky Bet League One this weekend.

The Millers boss spoke about the injury problems at centre half, Carlton Morris’ recent contribution, whether or not Trevor Clarke will be joining up with Republic of Ireland’s U21s and the challenge of facing MK Dons.

Full video content available HERE on iFollow Millers…


Warne on win over Accrington Stanley...

"Every game is difficult and has different challenges but overall, I thought we deserved to win. It is just a pity that we didn't get a second goal which would have made it feel a lot more comfortable for everybody in the stadium, especially going down to 10 men.

"The lads showed some character, defended well and reduced a good Accrington team to very few chances. It is another clean sheet and it puts us into the top six."

Warne on Carlton Morris contribution...

"I've taken Carlton on loan twice now and I like him. He adds a lot to the team and he's a powerful lad, whose good in the air.

"Most of the attacking play at the weekend was down to him really, so he was a real threat throughout the game and he's been playing well in recent weeks.

"He's been ticking along [among the goals] and he's diligent in and out of possession of the ball. He adds something else to us on set pieces, he's got a good touch and he's reliable.

"Obviously, he wants to play every game, but they all do."

Warne on attacking competition...

"They're desperate to play as well [Ladapo and Vassell] obviously and if the game had taken a different path then I would possibly have thrown more attacking subs on earlier.

"It was about getting the win and we got it. It is about the group, not about individuals and the group are doing well, so we're pleased."

Warne on pre-MK Dons team news...

"I've got a bit of a centre half issue. Robbo pulled out of training, as did Thommo and Icky didn't train because he was ill. Woody isn't available.

"I'm hopeful I'll get two of my centre halves out on the training ground today and hopefully three tomorrow, but fingers crossed really.

"With Joe Mattock being out as well, who is my go-to 5th choice, at this rate I might have to play Smudge or Crooksy at centre back. It is a problem, but more often than not, it sorts itself out by the weekend.

Warne on Mattock injury...

"This weekend, it won't happen. I was hopeful he would join in training today, that's what we discussed last week.

"It's going to be next week now so I can't forsee it happening before the Portsmouth game.

"It might be the FA Cup game which is his first back."

Warne on Trevor Clarke's situation and update on Republic of Ireland...

"He is staying with us now, he's trained with us all week. 

"That ship has sailed so to speak so he is available for me on Saturday, so no doubt the next time there is a call-up, they will call him again because they like him. Unfortunately the injury has hindered his opportunity really."

Warne on MK Dons...

"They obviously got promoted and they haven't had the start they probably wanted, but we've watched the last few games as we always do and they were really dominant at Bolton against a team that have now won three on the spin away from home.

"Even when they had 10 men they should have won the game in my opinion.

"You always get a reaction when a new manager comes in. It is their first league home game under the new management so I expect a real positive performance from them. They can really keep the ball and that has been evident in years gone by."

Warne on ex-Miller Jordan Bowery...

"I like Jordan, he was a great lad. He always had the ability and he had everything really. 

"He had pace and power, he could finish and ironically I saw him at a Grand Designs show last year and I just walked straight up to him because I was buzzing to see him.

"He looked great and he's got a kid now, so he's a different bloke. It's amazing how having children effects footballers, they always seem to improve afterwards. All of a sudden, their life is not about them and they need to support their young family.

"He's having a good season and I really look forward to seeing him after the game."

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