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READ | Paul Warne's pre-Bristol Rovers press highlights

26 September 2019

Ahead of this weekend's trip to Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One, Paul Warne spoke exclusively to iFollow Millers to preview the clash at the Memorial Stadium and you can read his press highlights below...

Paul Warne on Shrewsbury draw and clean sheet

"I think that if we'd have scored the first goal it probably would've changed the course somewhat, but Shrewsbury played really well against us. They're a good team and I knew that, but it was a frustrating afternoon from our perspective. 

"We didn't take enough risk on the ball, so if teams are going to come to the AESSEAL New York and sit deep because they'd be happy with a point, we have to make the most of set pieces as well.

"The effort of the lads was excellent and there were some really strong performances, but it did feel like two points dropped. When the atmosphere is tense we need our most threatening players to stand up and take more risks.
 
"Sometimes you have to make a risky pass or take someone on to produce a bit of magic, but unfortunately we didn't have enough of those moments on Saturday to break them down. 
 
"Billy Jones was back in and he hadn't played since pre-season, so it was brilliant to see him out there and it was great for Dan Iversen to add another clean sheet to his tally.
 
"All of the defenders played well, but that doesn't mean Shrewsbury didn't have any chances because they did. We've got to get better at that too, so if we're throwing the kitchen sink at a team, we don't want to be open to counter-attack. 
 
"Despite that, shutting the opposition out at home is a plus point, but it's just a pity that we didn't nick a goal ourselves."
 
Paul Warne on squad almost returning to full fitness
 
"The competition for places is good and I'm hoping that at some time next week, we should have Kyle Vassell, Chieo Ogbene and Adam Thompson back so we're getting there now.
 
"When you have a fully fit squad it just gives you more options and it gives the opposition more things to worry about. Having the ability to change things around is essential in games.
 
"Matt Olosunde should be training today so we're hopeful that he should be available for the squad at the weekend should there be no ill effects from the session.
 
"Thommo can do straight-line running now which is good news, Chieo is picking up a bit and he'll go through a bit more intense stuff next week, and Vass looks like he could be back too as well.
 
"We're earmarking the Doncaster Rovers game for his return and hopefully he can play some part in that, and we'll try and get the others up to that stage too."
 
Paul Warne on Bristol Rovers
 
"Our away form has been encouraging, but I expect to come up against a strong Bristol Rovers side. They're currently above us in the league so we can't underestimate them, and we'll respect them like we do with every team we face.
 
"There are some good teams that will cause us problems and they are one of them. Hopefully we can go there and have a really good game of football that our fans will enjoy, but fundamentally we want to come away with a win and that's what we'll target. 
 
"Richie Barker knows Graham Coughlan even better than me, but I text him now and again. When he left Southend he came in here for a few days to watch what we did and he's a good guy who got an opportunity at Bristol Rovers.
 
"He did really well in caretaker charge and got the manager's job, rightfully so. Myself and Richie have been to watch them this season and they've started well, so I'm well aware of the challenge."

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