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READ | Warne looks ahead to Cherries trip

15 February 2021

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne says he’s pleased with how his side have been progressing ahead of Wednesday night’s trip to face AFC Bournemouth.

The Millers head to Vitality Stadium, where they will play their first game in eight days, after last Saturday’s game with Queens Park Rangers was postponed due to a frozen pitch at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The Millers have been in promising form of late, having won three of their last five Sky Bet Championship matches, during this time they have found the net nine times and Warne has praised his team’s efforts in front of goal.

“We now seem to be taking our chances in front of goal, there hasn’t been many games where we haven’t scored this year, which is really good and we’re a constant goal threat," Warne told www.themillers.co.uk.

“We know we’re a tough team to play against and we close teams down really well, I think we’re up there with the best in teams in the league for that. Bournemouth will be a tough opponent, but you start every game with a draw and if we perform to the levels I know we can, we’ll give ourselves a chance of a positive result.”

The Cherries were widely fancied at the start of the campaign to make an instant return to the Premier League following relegation last term, therefore, it is no surprise to see them occupying a top six place going into the fixture.

Since Jason Tindall’s dismissal from the hotseat, former Real Madrid and Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has taken charge on an interim basis and has seen his side win two of the three games he's taken, including a victory away at Premier League outfit Burnley.

Warne admits with the possibility of a new manager being appointed at any time, it leaves an air of unpredictability ahead of the clash.

“Bournemouth are going through a transition with their managerial situation.

“It’s weird how things work out, sometimes you play a team with their best players injured. For example, If we’d have played the Cardiff game when it was meant to be played, Sean Morrison and Kieffer Moore would have been out.

“Now we go to Bournemouth when they are going through a managerial change, we could go there, and it could be someone’s first game in charge, so there could be an element of unpredictability.”


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