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READ | Warne's pre-Huddersfield Town press highlights

9 April 2021

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne was on hand for iFollow Millers duties prior to the trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

With the four games in eight days now very much on the horizon, the Millers boss discussed the overall fitness of his side, whilst talking about Chiedozie Ogbene’s return to the first team fold.

He also reflected on the defeat against Wycombe Wanderers whilst assessing the challenges that will face his side over the coming days.

Full video content will be available to view shortly, HERE.

 

Warne on Wycombe defeat and looking forward to the congested run-in...

"It was disappointing to lose at home to Wycombe. We created enough chances to get something out of the game but take nothing away from them, they deserved their win.

"We've got a lot of games left. We woke up Tuesday morning had to put it behind us and build the lads up for a pretty monumental week, where we do have to collect a lot of points against teams in and around us. I think by a week on Monday we'll have a good understanding of where we really are - which is hopefully still in the battle.

"I have no question of these players as men and I'm looking forward to seeing how the season unfolds if I'm honest."

 

Warne on injury situation...

"It is always good to have players back.

"Tomorrow I think we're picking from 22 fit, so there is only Robbo just on the cusp.

"Joe Mattock has had a good week so he's close and it is nice to pick from a real fresh team.

"We're going to need it. I spoke to the lads before training today about the four games coming up and what we want to do and how many points we want to collect.

"Speaking to the physios we know we'll pick up issues now and then and to play on a Tuesday, Thursday and then Sunday is a massive ask. It will take everyone's efforts as it has done all season.

"There's virtually a quarter of the season left in four weeks really, so it will be full effort.

"We've got no new injury worries. I was laughing earlier that we'll just about how everyone fit for the last game of the season!"

 

Warne on Chieo Ogbene's return to the first team fold...

"Chieo had a great start to the season and unfortunately, when you're out for a long time people remember you to be even better.

"Realistically, if we weren't in the situation we are in, we'd want Chieo to play two or three reserve games to get anywhere near up to speed.

"He is an important player and character for us.

"Even if we can only get game time out of him from off the bench, he is definitely something for the opposition to worry about.

"Sads and Flo have trained really well and it is definitely not 'Chieo United' but he has a bit of class for us and if we can get him fit he will play a part."

 

Warne on whether Clark Robertson is likely to feature against Huddersfield Town...

"Not this weekend, no. 

"Next week he could play a part in any of the games I've just been told.

"That's good news but we're just looking at it game-by-game with him at the moment."

 

Warne on Richard Wood's return following suspension...

"It is good news.

"We didn't know how the referee had classified the offence so we weren't sure how many games it would be, but it is just one game which is good.

"Woody has been an integral part this year and has been excellent in the back three especially. 

"There is no disputing the leadership he gives us on and off the pitch, so to have him back to potentially play tomorrow is a good thing in our arsenal."

 

Warne on heading into 'The Week of Death'...

"They are in a good place.

"If we perform at our max at Huddersfield and get the odd bounce here or there to come away with three points then they'll feel even better.

"It is games in quick succession and if you come out with a certain amount of points then you could be cruising, especially if you take points off teams around you.

"They understand the importance.

"This season has been a unique one but if we stay up it could go down as an absolute classic for us.

"It has been the epitome of a rollercoaster season.

"I've thanked them for what they've done so far but reminded them that the real battle is ahead of us.

"We've got 10 games to make history and do something that makes every Rotherham fan proud of them."


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