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6 September 2019

Paul Warne talks to iFollow Millers ahead of the trip to Doncaster Rovers...

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne was on iFollow Millers duty ahead of this Saturday's trip to rivals Doncaster Rovers in Sky Bet League One.

Warne spoke to the club about the draw against Tranmere Rovers, his admiration for Jon Taylor's contribution as a Millers player and the South Yorkshire derby.

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Warne reflects on the draw at home to Tranmere Rovers...

"We weren't at our best, especially in the first half. That's my fault probably as I picked the same team that I did against Sheffield Wednesday, but you have to give respect to the opposition.

"They came and slowed the game down which made it difficult for us. That frustrated everyone in the stadium bar the away contingent, but we didn't play anywhere near the levels we can reach.

"I thought we were a lot better second half and we arguably did enough to win it, but to concede late on made it feel like a massive hammer blow. Despite that, we've watched the game back and there are parts of our play that were excellent, but there just wasn't enough of that."

Warne on Kyle Vassell's injury and opportunities for others...

"Vass' injury isn't as bad as we first thought and we think he'll be out for about three weeks. Hopefully he'll be training in a couple of weeks if all goes to plan, so it's better than we had feared initially.

"He had a really strong pre-season and he's had a good start to the campaign, being perhaps the most imaginative of our strikers and the one who makes us tick a little bit more. 

"Most of our successful play has been through him so we'll certainly miss him, but he'll come back before the end of the month looking to fight his way back into the side.

"It's always about the next man up, so we can't worry about it and we just have to pick the best team. With plenty of players vying for places in the front three, we do have options up the top end of the pitch."

Warne looks ahead to Doncaster clash...

"Footballers want to play in front of full houses and raucous crowds with great atmospheres, so we're all looking forward to the game. That's what we all get involved with the sport for, to have that excitement, and hopefully the game will be another action-packed one.

"I thought the job Darren Moore did at West Bromwich Albion was unbelievable, but he lost his job and he now has a good opportunity at a club he knows really well which helps.
 
"The way in which his sides play football suits Doncaster's DNA, and although they've had a turnaround in players this year, they haven't altered their style.
 
"They've hit the ground running and that has really impressed me, and I think they'll have a really good season."

 

Warne on Iversen all-up and team news...

"We found out Dan's call-up on Wednesday which is a bit late really, but Lewis Price will come in and that's just how football is. It's a great achievement for Dan though, and for him to be in the full Denmark squad will be good for him.

"I'm really pleased for him even though it's disappointing for myself, but having Pricey in goal is no drama for me, I think really highly of him as well.
 
"Billy Jones is getting a bit closer to a return but his injury is hard to treat, but he's had a couple of good days now so I'm hopeful that he can join our squad soon because I think we need his experience more than ever.
 
"Trevor Clarke is running at 75 per cent of his body weight now, but we won't see him realistically until about October. Bodies are slowly coming back, and if everyone is fit and raring to go then we have a really competitive squad."

 

Warne on coming up against Jon Taylor...

"I loved Jon because he was here for a good period of time and he gave absolutely everything every time he played, he was brilliant for us and he loved everything we tried to do.

"When we suffered relegation I offered him a new contract but he wanted to stay in the Championship. He believed in himself and backed his own ability which I don't think is a weakness at all.
 
"Unfortunately he didn't get the club that promised him that, so he ended up signing in League One. I'd like to think we have a set of fans that will appreciate what he did for the club and don't spend the time booing him. 
 
"If you do boo him, his emotional energy is a joke so he's bound to bang one in from 30 yards, stand in front of you with his chest puffed out, and then you have all sorts of problems."

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