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READ | Warne's pre-Accrington Stanley press highlights

9 August 2021

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne was on press duty on Monday afternoon ahead of the visit of Accrington Stanley in the First Round of the Carabao Cup.

The Millers boss discussed the likelihood of him freshening up his pack from the team that overcame Plymouth Argyle on the opening day of the Sky Bet League One campaign and the challenge his side will face at AESSEAL New York Stadium on Tuesday night.

 

Warne on whether he’ll rotate his squad for visit of Accrington…

"It is a good opportunity but we're playing against a good team, who, in fairness had more of the play than Wycombe did on Saturday.

"I expect them to come full strength but only because I know how keen you are if you don't win your first game to get it on the board.

"We've got our first win on the board and we're desperate to get the second one on.

"I'm not going weaker, but if I change it, I'll change it for the right reasons."

 

Warne on substitution rule reverting to three from seven…

"I loved the five subs, it suited my personality no-end.

"I don't like to unneccesarily irritate my players and I like to get everyone to feel a part of it and five subs was brilliant because virtually everyone on the bench had an opportunity.

"It also allowed you tactically to completely change it.

"Saturday I could quite easily have made another couple of subs, so I do miss the five sub rule."

 

Warne on Accrington Stanley test…

"They have played a 3-5-2 and they have two really honest lads up front, who were rumoured to get moves in the summer. They're good hard-working strikers who will cause all sorts of problems.

"They like a switch of play and they're big and strong at the back, so they're a good threat from set pieces.

"Really, they're a good footballing side. They make the pitch really big when they have the ball.

"They make it difficult to get the ball off them and they're really competitive.

"In every game as a manager I've had against Accrington as a manager, it has not been an easy game, anything but.

"I expect them to come here and try and play and try and play out - which we have to try and stop and we have to try and stop their enthusiasm up front, because they definitely have that."


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