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READ | Warne's pre-Burton Albion press highlights

30 January 2020

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne took the time to preview the Sky Bet League One clash with Burton Albion at AESSEAL New York Stadium with iFollow Millers.

The Millers boss spoke about the win over Ipswich in midweek, regaining top spot, Jerry Yates' return to Swindon Town on loan and if and where he would like to strengthen in the January transfer window.

Full video content is available to watch here on iFollow Millers.

 

Warne's Ipswich Town reflections...

"We played really well and it was a night under the lights which is always nice.

"We tried to right a few wrongs from Saturday which I thought we did and the only disappointment was that we didn't get our second goal, that would have made the last 15 minutes a little bit more palatable.

"Overall, the lads deserved it against, who I think are still the best squad and team in the league, so to get back-to-back wins against them is a massive credit to the team."

Warne on regaining top spot in Sky Bet League One...

"It's nice. Who doesn't want to be top? I'd be stupid if I said I didn't want to be there. It might raise expectations a little bit this early on but we've got there by hook or by crook, so we might as well enjoy it.

"If you win, you don't have to look at other results so much, but I say that, I was watching Sunderland's result last night!

"You don't have to because if you can keep winning you know you're getting yourself closer to your desired outcome.

"It's a long season and we've got three months to go to try and reach all our goals."

Warne on preparing for third game in a week...

"The lads have been quite good, they're fit and pretty strong characters. Games coming thick and fast doesn't really bother me. I would play the next 16 games on consecutive days if I could.

"It is another home game and we've been much better at home in recent weeks. Obviously we're playing against a good side, who are very much in form.

Warne on injury situation...

"Billy is coming closer but Robbo is my major issue, apart from that, I think to this moment in time we have an otherwise clear bill of health."

Warne on Jerry Yates...

"We weren't sure if Vass was going to be available for a couple of games so we needed a striker, but we couldn't find any better to fit the criteria and he knows the club, so it gave us a good chance to see hi and chat with him.

"I knew he was going back to Swindon once Vass was fit, so I phoned him on Wednesday morning and gave him the news.

"Jerry has had a brilliant season and it's no surprise that we had three League One clubs that wanted to take him, but his heart was set on returning to Swindon and I respect that it's his career."

Warne on the final days of the transfer window...

"I've got my eye on a couple of players. Jake Hastie has gone back to Rangers so ideally we'd like another option out wide, but I don't mind what I already have in that area. Chieo and Haks have the shirts at the moment.

"Matt Olosunde is very unlucky not to be in the team at the moment, Julien is pushing and Trev is desperate to get in as well. With that in mind, it's not essential, but something a little different that can unlock doors would be handy.

"My only other fear is with Robbo because we really need to nail down the extent of his injury. If he has broken his metatarsal and he's out for a period of time, we would only have three centre-halves. 

"If something happened to one of them I'm struggling, so we'll work behind the scenes once we get the green or the red light from the physios really."

Warne on facing Burton Albion this weekend...

"Burton are right up there in the form table over the last 10 games or so, they're really hard to break down and in fairness to them, when we played at their place earlier in the season they more than deserved a draw out of the game.

"Nigel has his teams really well drilled and if they get a lead, they're even more difficult to carve open. As always, the first goal will be vital, but it's even more paramount that we get it this weekend.

"Just like we said to the lads on Tuesday, we just want them to try and start the game well, communicate, press where they can and play with a real energy. It's just us versus 11 men in yellow shirts, so I don't think the players will come off it.

"Everyone who starts knows that they have the lads who are subs desperate to take their places, so that motivates them on its own really."


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