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READ | Paul Warne's pre-Huddersfield Town press highlights

1 October 2020

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne was on iFollow Millers press duties ahead of Saturday's home fixture against Huddersfield Town. The Millers will host the Terriers in the first Yorkshire derby of the season at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

On the agenda were topics including his latest team news, an assesment of Saturday's opponents and an update on his transfer plans, ahead of the closure of the international transfer window on Monday.

You can read the highlights from his interview below, with video content to follow shortly HERE on iFollow Millers.

Warne on last Saturday's draw with Birmingham City... 

"There are things we need to still improve on, but overall the performance was good and the lads can take confidence from that. We were disappointed in the end to draw, but if I’m honest I think it was a fair result, we could have lost it and we could have won it so I’m not complaining.

"All three league games we’ve played could have gone either way. We haven’t created as many chances as I would have liked, but we also haven’t conceded many either, which is good. We do a lot of work on set-pieces like a lot of teams do, but we’re trying to hopefully give ourselves more of a chance in open play to give us a better opportunity to win games.

"As you can see with my team and the squad, we have a real strength in depth, so whatever 11 I go with, I know we’ll be putting a strong side out."  

 

Warne on his side's away form...

"It’s really good (to have collected four points from two away games), I do think this season is pretty unique though. A lot of teams are picking points up on their travels because it isn’t the same environment, but on Saturday we managed to keep Lukas Jutkiewicz and Scott Hogan quiet, who are two very good strikers at this level.

"We’ve had a couple of good performances away from home, but in fairness our best display so far has been the first 45 minutes against Millwall at home.

"I think having no fans in allows the away team to get a better grip of the game. Against Birmingham we started better than them, usually when you’re the home team your fans will try and egg you on. So the fact that Birmingham didn’t have the crowd there possibly did help us.

"I think fans massively play a part and I say that all the time. Against Millwall I’m sure our fans would have sucked a goal in for us like they have done many times in the past."

 

Warne on the form of Shaun MacDonald... 

"I think Shaun (MacDonald) has done really well, the competition in the middle of the park is strong and will only get stronger. I’ve always been a big fan of Shaun and it’s not often I get the chance to sing the praises of individual players, but Shaun as an actual bloke is perfect.

"His presence around the place, the way he conducts himself and the way he looks after himself is great. He’s a massive part of the dressing room and I’m really pleased for him. He’s had an amazing career, I don’t think he makes many bad decisions on the ball and he has a great effect on the young players here because of the career he’s had."

 

Warne on transfers... 

"There is something close, the international transfer window closing on Monday doesn’t really affect us that much, it’s more the October 16th one which is the real window.

"There might be some players to leave and there might be some to come in. We have only got three wingers, I would prefer four. We don’t have and out and out right-winger apart from Chieo. We could play (Ben) Wilsey there or we could play Matt Olosunde there so it’s not top of my agenda at the moment."

 

Warne on Huddersfield Town... 

"Everybody is fit and available. It’s the first back in training for Robbo (Clark Robertson), Trev (Trevor Clarke) and Joe Mattock, so we’ll see how they get through that.

"Huddersfield have had a really tough start. They have three points and they’d have liked more, but they’ve played Brentford, Norwich and Nottingham Forest so far and there’s not many tougher starts they could have had.

"I think they’ve done really well, they are really expansive, their energy and movement is really good. I do expect a really tough game and our job is to stop their threats and exploit their weaknesses and hopefully it’ll be a game that both teams try and win."


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