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READ | Paul Warne's pre-Wigan Athletic press highlights

12 August 2021

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne was on iFollow Millers ahead of this weekend’s trip to face Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium in Sky Bet League One.

There was plenty to discuss after opening day success over Plymouth Argyle and a Carabao Cup meeting with Accrington in midweek, with an update on the injury situation and Curtis Tilt’s recovery also included in this week’s press highlights.

Full video content can be found at the following link later today.

 

Warne's Plymouth reflections...

"It's always good to start with a win, that is for sure and a clean sheet.

"I thought Plymouth were good in possession of the ball. They didn't ask us a lot of questions but on another day, against a more clinical team it could have been a different scoreline.

"I thought we were good and at 2-0, the lads probably subconsciously maybe came off it a little bit. On the whole, I'm really pleased.

"There was loads of positives. Especially at home, the last 25 or 30 minutes of games I always feel like we're good, we're stong and we're a fit team.

"When teams do come at us it probably suits us, we could just have been a bit more clinical with the final pass. With that said, it's Day One, Week One and there will be some really random results in the first five or six weeks because teams aren't as fluent as they'd like at this stage.

"It's about getting back to back performances in the league and that's what we're trying to do. We're not 100% sharp, but neither is any other team."

 

Warne on return of fans for first home league game...

"It felt more like a Play-off game on the side of the pitch. It's the loudest I've known it ever in New York.

"I thought it felt more like a Play-off game than it did one to open a campaign.

"I made a comment that even in the warm-up, the ball goes out and some fan throws it back and the lads even get a bit of a ripple when the team is announced.

"I think the lads get a few more butterflies when they're in the tunnel and there's a roar. It never fails to effect me personally. You're alive and in a battle when you here that roar.

"It definitely has an impact on the lads."

 

Warne on Carabao Cup tie with Accrington in midweek...

"There's different ways you can look at the game. You can go with your starting XI and look at the game the same way as a league game, there's not criticism of that.

"I chose to go a different way, I need to get the lads to settle in straight away.

"Some of the new signings have trained three or four days, others have moved countries and it takes a bit of time to settle in.

"When we first had Will Vaulks and Jamie Lindsay here after coming down from Scotland it took them a bit of time to get used to the pace of the game."

 

Warne on praise for Shane Ferguson and Ollie Rathbone full debuts...

"It feels like I've had Shane here for years. I really like him.

"I think the world of him already. He's right up our street and just gets on with his business.

"He trains hard, he plays hard and never gives the ball away when he has it. His work rate is phenomenal up and down the left side and he's a good experienced pro.

"I thought him and Ollie were the standout performers."

 

Warne on current injury situation...

"There's no injury worries.

"We've got a squad of 22 and we have two not fit, Angus and Curtis.

"Everyone is alright from Tuesday night's game. They'll come out and do their brutal running drill Thursday morning which they all pretend they don't want to do, but secretly love it."

 

Warne on Curtis Tilt recovery...

"I think he's about a week-and-a-half away from joining in training.

"I think that is what the physio said to me a couple of days ago.

"Then it is about getting him fit and then he needs minutes.

"The difference between being fit and being match fit are two different things.

"Joining in training to playing in games are very different when you think the lads have been through five weeks of intense training and played in four friendlies at least to get themselves into a position to be match fit.

"He's going in the right direction, he looks pretty sharp and hopefully it won't take too long."

 

Warne on Wigan Athletic...

"First and foremost, I've got a lot of time for Leam.

"I think he's a really good manager who did a really good job last year in difficult circumstances going through an admin and all that is never easy.

"He's recruited really well this summer and it is good to see Wigan - a club I have a relationship with - in a much healthier position.

"They start off with virtually a new team and they played really well at Sunderland.

"I don't think Leam will be too disappointed with the performance and then they got through against Hull in the cup in midweek, which is no mean feat.

"I'm expecting a really good game.

"The most sincere way I can put it is, that I think they'll be up there and they think we will be, so both have utmost respect for each other's teams.

"One thing is for definite, the second game in, it won't be a definining game in that respect but a good one for us to both see how strong we really are."


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