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READ | Warne's pre-Blackpool press highlights

10 October 2019

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Rotherham United manager Paul Warne was on iFollow Millers duty ahead of the trip to Bloomfield Road to face Blackpool this weekend.

The Millers boss commented on the positivity following the midweek win over Doncaster Rovers, the impact of Trevor Clarke on debut and why he has Rob Scott to thank for the Irishman’s arrival and the test that awaits his side by the seaside.

Full video content available HERE shortly on iFollow Millers…


Warne on maintaining winning feeling with midweek win over Doncaster...

"We were really pleased. We've watched the game back and we're now going to show the lads the good and the bad as always.


"Second half we were particularly good. It was good for some of them to get some minutes on the pitch and for some of the lads on the periphery to have a game.


"You can play ressies games and train but nothing is as good as a proper first team game in a proper stadium.


"The more the people below can push the first team XI, the better it is for all of us."


Warne on Trevor Clarke and his impact on debut...

"He was good. His start was a bit unsure but in fairness to him, it is his first game in English football and he is a left back, not a left winger.


"I think after the first five or 10 minutes when he got his feeling, he was good. 


"As positive contributions go, it wasn't too bad was it. He won a penalty, he scored a goal and set up a goal.


"It is just nice to see him smile. He smiles every day in fairness but because of the catastrophic start [with injury] in a way it might have helped him because it has enabled him to get a bit stronger and fitter.


"I knew he could do that to be fair [play more advanced than left back] because he's been doing it in training against the first team so to speak and caused them problems."


Warne on Rob Scott's influence in Trevor Clarke's arrival...

"In fairness to Rob [Scott] we argue about most players really. Argue isn't the right word, but we discuss because I don't like to get anyone in the building unless I'm 100% sure. 


"He just kept banging the drum and I watched Trevor's highlights and I could see what Rob liked about him. Rob has seen a lot more of him than me, so I can take no credit for Trev.


"That's why I wanted Rob to work at the club because he gets how we work. He knows what I'm like with characters and people and how obsessive I am."


Warne on Michael Smith and Matt Crooks taking the headlines...

"I think they've taken the headlines because they set two up and scored two each or whatever it was. 


"They are just the product of everybody else's efforts really. I don't think it can be underestimated the efforts of the midfield three, who were excellent at pressing behind the ball and helped us to win the ball high up.


"It is easy to earmark the two attacking ones who are the most advanced, but it was an organisation under the ball that allowed us to use the high press.


"It is nice for Crooksy and Smudge to get their goals though, that is for sure."


Warne on team news...

"Macca [MacDonald] got a smack in the face from a very short distance with the ball that has dislodged his tooth and damaged his jaw. That was just precautionary taking him off really.


"Freddie Ladapo felt his hamstring. I don't think it is anything serious and it might even be connected nerves to his back but we're hopeful that isn't a long-term injury.


"All-in-all I don't think there are more injuries, although there could be some aches and pains but we always do.


"I haven't had Kyle Vassell [in training] his first day is today.


"I had Cheio on Monday and he was probably a little bit tentative if I am honest. He trained with the group on Tuesday. We'll see how he gets on today and we'll have to see if he's any consideration for Saturday.


"That's the same with Vass because the team have done well and nobody has a divine right to just be fit and be straight back in. You have to work your way back in."


Warne on Blackpool...

"I think with their recruitment in the off-season, I always thought they'd do really well.


"They've signed some really good players, they've changed owners and there is a real feel-good factor. They've got their old manager back, the fans are really pleased and they've come back and it is a real positive place to be.


"Me and Rich went and watched them on Monday night in a bit of a derby against Bolton and they've got some real good threats.


"I think Feeney and Scannell are really good players who go past people. I had Feeney here training last season but I didn't offer him anything in the end.


"They are a really well-organised League One team, who are hard to break down and the Gnanduillet up top is a threat, a nuisance and a goalscorer."


Warne on Simon Grayson...

"He's doing great and the best way to say that is that they're fourth in the league and I'm not. I think he's doing a good job, he knows the league and he's back at a club he knows really well.


"He has an affinity with the fans which helps and he's a really popular figure there, it is a very good fit."

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