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READ | Warne looking forward to Blackpool clash

11 October 2019

As the Millers prepare for a trip to the seaside on Saturday afternoon, manager Paul Warne is anticipating a tight encounter against a Blackpool side who have made an encouraging start to the Sky Bet League One campaign.

Simon Grayson's men currently lie fourth in the division having played 12 games and they have only fallen to defeat on home soil on one occasion during that time, but Rotherham will be in confident mood themselves following the 4-0 demolition of Coventry City and the more recent Leasing.Com Trophy success against Doncaster Rovers. 

Despite being wary of the quality that the Tangerines have within their ranks, Warne insists that his players will be heading to Lancashire with one aim in mind, and that is to be travelling back to South Yorkshire with all three points.

"They've done well at home and it will be a tough game for us, but I'll look forward to it as I think we're in good fettle," the Millers boss told
"I know we need to win our home matches to have a good season and we need to pick up results away too, so every game we look to win and Saturday will be no different.
"It's our job, as it is at every ground we go to, to quieten the crowd and go at them from the off. It's not like we sit back and soak up pressure for the first 25 minutes or so because that's not the way we play, so we'll definitely go there aiming for three points."
It has been a summer of change for Blackpool with new owners coming in to take charge of the former Premier League outfit, and that has sparked a renewed sense of optimism around a club that will be chasing success in the third tier this season. 
Having watched their progress from afar, Warne isn't surprised to see them competing in the upper reaches of Sky Bet League One and he admires the way that his opposing number has got the Seasiders playing. 
"With their recruitment off season I always thought they'd do really well and they've signed some good players," Warne said.
"They've had a change of owners too and a bit of wealth has come their way, so there's a real feel-good factor around the place.
"Simon Grayson is back and all of the fans are really pleased with things, so it's a positive club to be involved with at the moment no doubt. 
"Myself and Richie Barker went to watch them on Monday night in what was a local derby against Bolton, and they have some threats within their ranks. Liam Feeney and Sean Scannell are both very good players who go past people.
"At the back they've got Ben Heneghan and Curtis Tilt who we know really well and they're just a really disciplined and organised League One team. They're hard to break down and then Armand Gnanduillet poses a serious threat up top because he's a nuisance and a goalscorer."

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