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READ | Warne's pre-Brentford press highlights

26 April 2021

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne spoke to the media ahead of Tuesday evening's trip to the capital to face Brentford in a televised Sky Bet Championship clash at the Brentford Community Stadium.

The Millers manager reflected on another cruel defeat at the hands of near-neighbours Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday, whilst giving an update on goalkeeper Viktor Johansson, who was carried off in just the second minute of the game.

Warne continued to add that he is hoping his side see a bit more of Lady Luck between now and the end of the season, whilst talking about Brentford - who have now secured a Play-off place - and the threats that they post.

Below are the highlights...

 

Warne on Viktor Johansson’s injury…

“He had a scan yesterday evening and he hasn’t broken his eye socket which is good news, but he does have to go through concussion protocols.

“He didn’t feel great at the weekend to be fair to him, and I’m led to believe he may be available for the weekend, but he won’t be able to play tomorrow, that is for sure.

“It is a blow for Viktor, no one wants an elbow to the face and to come out of the team, but it is a big chance for Jamal.

“I thought he did well when he came on, although he didn’t have much to do. But it is the same as I always say, it is next man up.”

 

Warne on the opening goal at the weekend…

“I’ve spoke to loads of people and had managers phone me with sympathy. I think It is a foul anywhere on the pitch and for me it is definitely a foul on our goalkeeper.

“I think goalkeepers do get the benefit of the doubt a lot, but there is no benefit of the doubt there at all, I’m not questioning the referee’s integrity, but it was a disappointing decision.

“It is just sad that we’ve lost a goal on that, because I thought our performance deserved a lot more. We can’t keep harping on about that, we’ve got four games left. We’ve got to go down to Brentford and play against a very good team and take the challenge for what it is.”

 

Warne on remaining positive…

“We’re still upbeat, I think the lads came away from the game on Saturday really positive from how we played.

“We need to take our chances, because we are running out of games.

“We’ve played virtually a quarter of a season in five weeks, it has been brutal but the effort from the lads cannot be questioned.”

 

Warne on hoping for some better luck...

"I hope so. We do everything we can, we work as hard as we can and the lads give us everything.

"If we lose seven on the trot then we lose seven on the trot. It doesn't mean that we've worked any less.

"I don't think there have been many games where Rotherham fans or neutrals even have gone away and thought that we definitely deserved to lose.

"We just haven't had that little bit of sugar when we've needed it.

"Fortunately for us, other teams around us have kept us in it. If you'd have told we'd lose three or four on the spin two weeks ago, I'd have said we had no chance [of staying up] but we still have.

"The door is still a little bit ajar for us and if we can get our bodies through then great."

 

Warne on Brentford trip being a game in-hand...

"It is one of our games in hand but Brentford away is probably the one I wouldn't have selected - that or Norwich away anyway!

"Anything we get is a bonus. If we can come away with a point, great. If we can come away with three then we'll come home feeling like we've won the Champions League.

"We're just going to have to attack it with a smile on our face and stay in the game for as long as we can and try and cause them problems - that is all we're looking at at the moment."

 

Warne on Brentford already having secured a Play-off place...

"I don't know how they'll be thinking but I know what I would do.

"I know Derby have got Swansea on Saturday with the same principle and the same questions.

"Are they going to play all of their best players against us? I don't honestly know. If they play all of their second string it is still going to be one hell of a game!

"They ask you loads of questions that I hope we have the answers for but I don't honestly know what team they'll select.

"If it was me and I knew I was in the Play-offs with three games left, I'd definitely go full-strength for the last game of the season but in the other two I might mix it up a little bit and freshen it up. Everyone is different and it will be up to them how they play it.

"Because it is on Sky it probably hasn't gone in my favour!"


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