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READ | Warne's pre-Morecambe press highlights

16 August 2021

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne spoke to the media ahead of the Tuesday night trip to the Mazuma Stadium to take on Morecambe in Sky Bet League One.

Following the nature of a cruel late defeat at Wigan Athletic in a game in which the Millers had dominated large spells, the Millers manager was on press duty to provide updates on team news - including Freddie Ladapo's illness - and look forward to the trip to Morecambe in midweek.

Here are the highlights...

 

Warne on team news ahead of Tuesday night...

"I think everyone has come through okay.

"I've got a couple of minor issues and whether that will affect the starting XI - it possibly will - there are no massive dramas.

"We should be good."

 

Warne on Freddie Ladapo ilness...

"First and foremost, my concern was for Freddie who then came over on Saturday and was okay. He's not feeling amazing again now though so we don't know if he'll be in the squad for tomorrow or not."

 

Warne on any potential further recruitment progress...

"I'm not sure that we'll get much more in unless we move somebody out.

"There aren't really any I want to let go at the moment.

"As always, I think you'll see some movement in the next couple of weeks because there will be teams that have come back and think they need to bring somebody in. For them to get a player in, they might have to let someone else go that they didn't want to let go.

"Everyone is always after a striker - they are the golden eggs so to speak.

"I just think there are a lot of clubs fighting for a very small amount of players.

"Clubs do keep hold of their players and so they should, they're looking after their own interests. I think after the early cup rounds it will probably open up a little bit more."

 

Warne on Morecambe's impressive start to the season...

"I'm surprised - and I know that sounds like a very insulting thing to say, I don't mean it that way.

"They had a really hard start and have done amazingly well. 

"They have pulled a team together and got some really good experience in there as well.

"There are two players that I have been linked to sign in the past with Greg Leigh and Toumani Diagouraga. I've always really liked the latter as a midfielder.

"I think Stockton has done really well and they're a real physical force.

"I think they have had the shock result of the season so far, when they were leading at Ipswich and then ended up drawing.

"I have watched that game and they performed really well. Then they did well at Blackburn and beat a brand new Shrewsbury side, who have invested well in the summer.

"I think they have been the surprise package of the league as we speak.

"In pre-season, everyone was talking about the Ipswichs and the Sunderlands as always and Morecambe have arguably had the best start out of all the clubs from what people expected.

"Fair play to them, there's no reason why they can't continue."

 

Warne on whether a performance of a similar ilk to the one at Wigan will give his side a chance of three points at Morecambe...

"It should do. As away performances go, I don't think there was much more we could have done really.

"I thought the lads were excellent and I was really proud of them. It was just disappointing that we gave away a needless free kick and they scored late on.

"I know they had another chance to score but there's no team in the world that doesn't concede a chance.

"I thought first half we dominated the game and the lads look in good fettle.

"I was really pleased, which I know sounds a bit crazy. No doubt Pep [Guardiola] was disappointed to lose yesterday but he still fancies his team going into the next game, as do I.

"If our away performances are to that standard every week that should be enough to pick up plenty of points. That said, every game is an individual battle and Morecambe will be doing everything they can to stop us and vice-versa.

"Hopefully if we can perform at that level we should do well away and at home, which will hopefully start with us getting something on our travels tomorrow."

 

 


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