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READ | Warne's pre-Hull City press highlights

2 January 2020

Club News

READ | Warne's pre-Hull City press highlights

2 January 2020

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Rotherham United manager Paul Warne took the time to preview the Emirates FA Cup clash with Hull City on iFollow Millers ahead of the weekend's Third Round tie.

The Millers boss spoke about being the underdog at home in the clash with the Championship outfit, the fantastic job that Grant McCann has done since being appointed Tigers boss and his own team news.

There are two videos available to watch here on iFollow Millers.


Warne on facing Championship opposition, Hull City...

"I think it will be a very tough game. The way they play will cause us no end of problems and we'll have to be really diligent out of possession of the ball and patient.

"Although I do think we can cause them problems. Grant [McCann] has done a really good job and he's one of the managers that I really like.

"He didn't take his team up from League One with Donny but I thought they played really well against Charlton and they were pretty outstanding. The fact that a Championship club has taken him is good for young British coaches and I think he's done really well this season.

"In fairness to him, he's got aspirations to take them higher. I think they're doing really well. They've got Tom Eaves up front who everybody knows but their wide men are really effective.

"I'm a bit concerned that he might get someone in from the January window before we play but I think it will hopefully be an exciting game. 

Warne on looking to harness home momentum and capitalising on 'underdog' tag...

"Hopefully off the back of a good performance against Blackpool, the fans will come and really get behind the team. It will be weird for us to play at New York as an underdog.

"We haven't had that really this season yet, so that might help the players with the fans involvement."

Warne on team selection for Emirates FA Cup tie...

"Everyone wants to play football and they all want to get in the team. 

"It is going to be difficult to pick the same XI for all four games [over the festive period] with the way we play. Whether I tweak the wide men or in the middle of the park, or up top, they are probably the areas where I can change.

"Whichever team I put out, if I started with Vass and Smithy it doesn't make us weaker. In the same way, if I play Wiles in the middle or Jake or Julien out wide, I still think it will be a competitive team.

"It is a competition which ideally, we'd like to progress in. I will definitely put out the best team I can to physically compete and technically give them a game."

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