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READ | Warne's pre-Ipswich Town press highlights

28 January 2020

Club News

READ | Warne's pre-Ipswich Town press highlights

28 January 2020

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Rotherham United manager Paul Warne was on press duties with iFollow Millers ahead of the top of the table clash with Ipswich Town at AESSEAL New York Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Millers boss discussed going toe-to-toe with the current league leaders, his own Ipswich Town connections, Adam Thompson's return from suspension and all the latest team news.

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Warne reflects on defeat at London Road...

"We didn't play at our best, so there are no complaints. The better team won. I just think if we'd been up for it a little bit more we could have taken something. I still think it was definitely a penalty at the end.

"It was a different game to the home game and I think they were on the second ball a bit quicker than we were and that was disappointing.

"We're going to lose football games - I'm not going to lose sleep over that - but we tried to win and for whatever reason we just weren't at our best."


Warne on Ipswich Town connections...

"I've got a couple of Ipswich fans [friends] coming up. I'll look forward to having a drink with them after.

"It is a big game but in fairness, like I have said in my programme notes, I still want to beat Norwich when I play them although to beat Ipswich is extra special.

"In fairness, I'm not playing, the lads are, so hopefully they'll put a performance on good enough to beat a good team."


Warne praises Lambert and discusses pressure on relegated clubs to bounce back...

"There is pressure on all of us to be fair. If you lose a game, or two on the spin, it is mayhem. 

"The Sunderlands,the Portsmouths, the Peterboroughs to a certain extent and Ipswich there is always a pressure to virtually win every game which is near-on impossible.

"I think if you ask him [Paul Lambert] after the game he'll tell you it has been tough for him, like it has all of us. Expectation is through the roof, in fairness in this league, everyone wants to finish top eight and it looks like most of the 'big' teams are going to be in that position.

"It is all about the run-in now, trying to pick up as many points, win as many games, and entertain the fans as best we can and we've started the New Year really well and hopefully that will continue."


Warne on facing Ipswich Town...

"A midweek game at home under the lights is always good, they'll bring a good crowd and it is first versus second which is a right game. That's what we're all involved in sport for.

"Hopefully we can be on the positive end of a result.

"There is impetus on us to get at them and in fairness we tried to at their place but they're in a really good run of form as are we, so it will be two teams really going for it.

"It won't make that much difference but the questions after the game to the manager will be how much of a marker that puts down, win or lose really.

"It is a big game, but there are still 18 games left after that, potentially a lot more. We want to win it and get back to winning ways but we've only lost one in six so it isn't a disaster but our level of performance is the problem. We need to get our performance up."


Warne on reiterating importance of looking at fixtures game-by-game...

"I've just said to them, they've got to play every game like it is the Play-off final. Every game is important, every point is important and every tackle, shot and run is important. 

"We just want to collect as many points as we can and see where we're at.

"Whether it is Ipswich at home or anyone else, it is still three points we're aiming for and that's what we've got to do.

"If you can beat the teams in and around you it does give you an advantage but it will be a hard game for both teams."


Warne on Shaun MacDonald returning to action...

"I put him on on Saturday because I thought he might be able to get the ball wider for us and have a bit of an experienced head and it is good to have him back.

"The lads are coming back now and we have a small squad here, we might get one in before the end of the window.

"The more experience you can have at this part of the season, the better. Shauny has a couple of promotions on his CV and he knows what it takes and hopefully he can play an integral part."


Warne on Adam Thompson's return from suspension...

"Thommo unfortunately got sent off in the Hull game, which seems like a lifetime ago. It will be good to have him back.

"We've asked Matt [Olosunde] to play at times when he has been carrying all sorts of injuries so a little bit of back up there is good news."


Warne on Vassell injury...

"He's trained today [Monday] and told me he feels great so he's in contention for the squad."


Warne on Matt Crooks' availability...

"I hope he will be. We had him in today, he trained and we've had a chat with him. 

"Richie has had another chat with him just before I've spoken to you. I'll speak to him later and hopefully he's in a position where mentally, he feels like he can play. 

"If that is the case, I'll obviously involve him, but I have to look after the man and the player and I'll do that in that order and do what's right for him and the club."


Warne on other injury news...

"There's no dramas from Saturday and we should be all guns blazing."

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