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READ | Warne's pre-Stoke City press highlights

29 October 2020

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne was on iFollow Millers press duty ahead of his side's Sky Bet Championship meeting with Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.

On the agenda for the Millers boss ahead of the trip to the Potteries were reflections of the South Yorkshire derby win over the Owls, a buzzing atmosphere at the training ground, praise for Jamiel Lindsay, team news and the challenge that lies ahead at Stoke City.

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

 

Warne on South Yorkshire derby win over the Owls...

"I didn't get much sleep, nor did the lads, because it's hard to get sleep when you still have adrenalin pumping through you. 

"It has been good today. We went through the game with the lads prior to training and trained the lads who haven't played a big part more recently quite hard and then we've gone through some early Stoke work with them on the video, so we've enjoyed the win but highs shouldn't be too high and lows shouldn't be too low.

"It is nice to win a game, although we haven't had long to enjoy it because we're back in prepping for the next one."

 

Warne on training ground atmosphere following historic home win...

"Football clubs are always more enjoyable places to be after wins than defeats that is for sure. The lads are pretty pleased with themselves and so they should be - they haven't got the results they have deserved despite playing well.

"Three points in this league is massive, so everyone is in a good place. In fairness, 99% of the time at this training ground, it is a good place anyway."

 

Warne on his side's improvement in the final third...

"It was about being clinical but more about being a bit more dynamic and taking a bit more of a risk in the final third.

"We didn't want to throw caution to the wind but put more emphasis on being positive with the ball and not being afraid of making a mistake."

 

Warne on the contribution of Mickel Miller and Flo Jozefzoon...

"I thought they had really good games, in and out of possession of the ball.

"Our press was really good, we try and win the ball high up which is a risky strategy because you can be picked off by the opponent but that is how we want to play.

"Those two were pretty instrumental in that, as was Freddie.

"The three of them caused problems and tried to get us the ball back high.

"They were good in possession. Flo won the penalty and sending off and that was mainly due to his work rate. Freddie made a sloppy ball into a good one and his deflected shot set up the first goal.

"The forward part of our team play was really good and I was pleased with my wingers."

 

Warne on Jamie Lindsay...

"It always tends to be the same people that get the adulation of the fans and some of the players that do the uglier side of the game possibly don't get the credit. His pressing was excellent - he had to do a job on Bannan and he kept him quiet for a large parts of the game which is no mean feat.

"For him to get himself two goals, especially the first one which came from his desire to leave Bannan and press and then outjump the centre half is really good for him.

"Jamie Lindsay wants to play every minute of every game, as does everyone else but that isn't the case here. They have to be ready when we want them to play and if they keep themselves in good shape then they put themselves forward in the best light. Jamie is testament to that."

 

Warne's pre-Stoke City team news...

"Woody didn't train with the group today, but in fairness he doesn't normally train on a Monday from a Saturday game so it isn't any drama.

"We'll have a look at him tomorrow.

"Freddie has a bang and Mickel has a knock on his ankle. I don't think any of them have major issues but the thing that is evident with us is that whatever XI we pick needs to be at 100%.

"If I have an 80% Freddie Ladapo, Shauny Mac or Richard Wood and there are players to come in who are 100% then we have to go with that. The lads know that and we have to play on tilt if we are to win games.

"I'll assess them tomorrow and it might be a bit strange because I might not name the team and sleep on it instead, but the lads will know what is expected of them, that is for sure."

 

Warne on Stoke City...

"Their last home game they went 3-0 up against Brentford which is some statement of intent. They have recently lost away at Swansea but they have been on a good run recently and have been on a good run this season.

"They've got strength in depth all over the team and potentially they've got Brown, Fletcher and Campbell up front, I mean that is a formidable front line.

"They've got quality throughout the team but so have we and we have an energy and a desire to win like they have.

"The last time we played there a couple of years ago we came away with a 2-2 and we thoroughly deserved the win.

"We're trying to change the psychology behind the lads to be the hunters and not the hunted and we will go there and try and win. That is the only way I think we can play - by taking the game to them as best we can."

 

 


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