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READ | Paul Warne's pre-Shrewsbury press highlights

20 September 2019

Paul Warne spoke exclusively to iFollow Millers ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League One fixture versus Shrewsbury Town at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, and you can read all of his press highlights below...

Warne on character displayed at Sunderland

"We didn't start great and that's a bit of an issue because they were too much for us in the first 25 minutes or so. I appreciate that away from home, especially at places like that, you've got to stand up and be counted.

"Whilst it was a slow start, I thought we were really good for the next hour and we were more than competitive so we deserved our draw. We probably had more of the ball than them, but we didn't create enough clear-cut opportunities.
"Overall, I was really pleased with the effort that the lads put in. We've got good characters in there, they want to win and they stick together - that is crucial."
Warne discusses the form of Jake Hastie
"He's done really well! Remarkably he's not even fully fit yet so that makes it even better, so when he is at full strength there will be even more to come from him.
"Jake is a confident kid and he loves playing football, so he smiles all of the time and he's continuously looking to improve which he is doing. 
"He's playing in a good team who appreciate what he does, and not only is he scoring, he's contributing a great deal of work at the top end of the pitch. We look a more dangerous team with him in it, that's for sure.
"I still think he'll get better, stronger and fitter. It's not that you'll see a different player, but he's gone from not playing to featuring a lot, hence why I've had to take him off in every game because he's struggling physically bless him!
"He's probably only a couple of games away from being fully fit, and when Cheio Ogbene is back too, we'd be really formidable in this league I believe."
Warne on the influence of Dan Iversen
"Dan was excellent again, but the main thing that pleases me apart from the saves is his presence. In the last few minutes of the Sunderland game a cross came in and he just went out and caught it to take the pressure off - from a manager's point of view, that's what you want from your goalkeeper.
"You want them to be brave and help out your back four. He's a calming influence back there and I've said it plenty of times on and off camera, I really like Lewis Price as well and he keeps Dan on his toes and ensures that he keeps his standards high. 
"The nicest thing I can say about Dan is that it looks like he's been here a long while, which is probably the best compliment I could pay him."
Warne gives an injury update
"We are all okay after Sunderland, there are a few aches and pains so to speak, but no real dramas which is good news. 
"I was hopeful of having Kyle Vassell available for this weekend, but he broke down during his first day back in training which isn't as positive. Apart from that, we should have the rest of the lads to choose from.
"Billy Jones is 100 per cent training fit, but there is a huge difference between that and being match sharp. He could do with a reserves game really to get him right up to speed, but he's got decent muscle memory so his body soon remembers things when he starts playing.
"Chieo Ogbene had a scan on Thursday morning and we're hoping that he'll be able to join in training again within the next 10 days or so."
Warne on what to expect from Shrewsbury
"It has been a good week and if we get another positive result at the weekend, it would be fantastic to pick up seven points from the last three games.
"However, I do have to state that the Shrewsbury team we will come up against on Saturday will be completely different to the one that we faced in the Carabao Cup, and we've made that point to the lads.
"We can't go into it thinking that, because we were impressive at their place and won comfortably, that it's going to happen again. It's a whole new test.
"They're above us in the league and they'll come here full of confidence. It will be a very difficult game as they all are in this division, so we definitely won't underestimate them and we'll respect them fully."

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