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READ | Warne's pre-Lincoln City press highlights

7 February 2020

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne was on press duties with iFollow Millers ahead of the Friday night trip to Sincil Bank in Sky Bet League One.

The Millers boss discussed team news, senior pros impressing in the reserves in midweek, the contribution of his strikers and the challenge of facing the Imps in front of a bumper crowd.

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Warne's Burton reflections...

"Good teams win even when they're not at their best. I just didn't think we were at our best but I thought Burton were excellent by the way. 

"They came and really tried to win the game, they didn't sit behind the ball.

"I didn't think when we had the ball that we were at our best.

"You can't always expect to score three goals at home to win a game. I thought our performance was a little but 'off' from Tuesday night and like I said before, whether it emotionally drained us on Tuesday night when we were way more convincing, we just didn't have our same edge I don't think."

"If you're going to get promoted and win X amount of games, they're not all going to be perfect wins. There is no such thing really."


Warne on Smith contribution and competition in forward areas...

"I think he's [Smith] on 12 [goals] now, which I think is really good. He adds a lot to the team obviously and he's had a good run in the team which helps strikers, they all want to play every game.

"His goals add a lot, but defensively he does a lot like on set pieces he's fundamental.

"I keep telling him to stay in the middle of the goal and he does a lot of work outside the box that goes unrewarded, so I'm really pleased for him.

"Whoever doesn't start out of those three [Vassell, Smith and Ladapo] is going to have an issue obviously. I just think that Vass and Smudge have worked really hard out of possession of the ball as well and Freddie is a different sort of player. He's a bang on goalscorer. The goal he took Saturday was some finish.

"I'm really pleased with all three of them but I can only pick 11."


Warne reviews January transfer business...

"In fairness, we went into the window pretty chilled out - we were top of the league.

"It wasn't like we were bottom and scrapping to get people to help us out. We were top and in this league we're really competitive and attractive to many a player.

"It wasn't too difficult to get people in but I didn't really want to change the team greatly, it was just the fact we reacted to what we lost really.

"Carlton went so we brought Haks in, Hastie went so we brought Josh in and with Robbo's injury we just needed some defensive cover."


Warne on first-team players impressing in second string action...

"Josh played, Shauny Mac needed a game, Jamie Lindsay and Trevor Clarke played too. 

"They performed really well, Jamie Lindsay got himself a couple of goals, Trev got one and so did Josh.

"The young lads contributed to the game considerably. It was a good game and run out and nothing beats playing, it is better than training.

"If they needed to play on Friday night, a big part or a little part, they're closer to it.

"I would have no shame in flipping the team completely over but at this moment in time, the 11 who are playing are doing really well and winning most weeks."


Warne on first thoughts on seeing Koroma in action...

"He was good, really good on the ball and can do anything he wants to.

"It was really pleasing."


Warne on team news for Lincoln City fixture...

"There are no major issues really.

"Billy is training really well now so he's a lot closer which is good news.

"Apart from that, I don't think we have any big news."


Warne on Friday night clash with Lincoln City...

"I like night games. Unfortunately last time we went to Lincoln we got tucked up a treat so I'm hoping for a better performance.

"They've had a new manager in there for a while now, but they've signed a few in this window and the way he wants to play takes a little bit of time, but they've had some good results.

"I think their home atmosphere is really good and their fans will be right behind their team.

"We're taking a good following as well, so I'm expecting a real humdinger of a game.

"Both teams play similar shapes so it should be a game that goes to the final whistle."

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