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READ | Warne's pre-Charlton press highlights

1 November 2021

Paul Warne was on pre-Charlton Athletic press duties on Monday speaking with local journalists ahead of the trip to The Valley in Sky Bet League One.

On the agenda was the win over Sunderland at the weekend, discussions around why he thinks his side have been able to be successful in recent weeks, the form of Ben Wiles and what sort of test awaits the Millers in London.

Read the highlights, here...

 

Warne on why he feels his side are enjoying a successful run at present...

"If you get good characters together in any work place I think you've got a chance.

"Good people are able to take on criticism and feedback and they take the wins better in their stride. They don't get ahead of themselves. They take setbacks like relegations and back-to-back defeats in games well and turn up to the training ground the next Monday, ready for another week.

"We're fortunate that we have the group that we had from last year.

"We've always tried to recruit really good people and I know some fans don't like it but in the long-term, I just think you get more out of them."

 

Warne on recent form of Ben Wiles...

"Out of all the footballers at the club, he's up there with the most 'intelligent' in regards to football.

"When we do meetings he sits in the front row and always has an answer. He always sees the press and the rotations.

"He sees the faults in the oppositions and he is a real true footballer.

"He is one of those kids who I think, if he wasn't a professional, he would still play every weekend and 5-a-side on a Monday night with his mates.

"He's got a real desire to be the best version of himself.

"Because he's so good - and unfortunately for him - he ends up playing in a few different positions. That isn't because he's not the best option in midfield at the time but he's the only one who can do us a job somewhere else.

"This year, he's really leading the line."

 

Warne on the last fortnight, in respective of results and performances...

"It is difficult football management as I tell people all the time.

"It has been a great week but we always want more.

"I'm still disappointed that we didn't beat Wycombe. I enjoyed the Wycombe battle and I really enjoyed Saturday.

"I am well-aware of how quickly things turn. You can win three on the spin but you can lose three on the spin and I do have an understanding - doing the job a long time now - that it always comes down to moments in the game.

"We don't get too carried away with the wins, I just try to drive the performances and I think bar one, they've been excellent.

"I know fans generally get excited by wins - and so they should, we love wins at the football club - but wins come from performances and fortunately we're getting them at the minute."

 

Warne on whether the stats which reflect well on the Millers have any bearing on him - particularly in the chances created department...

"I do take pride in it. I did know that and I do remind the lads a lot.

"At the end of the day, I think football is quite a simple game, it gets over-complicated at times.

"You've just got to create as many goalscoring opportunities as you can - and we do leave ourselves vulnerable at the back at times so we are going to concede - but the way we play, in my opinion is exciting.

"We're an exciting team to watch and I know I am biased.

"We go and try to win every game and we don't sit behind the ball.
"Even on Saturday we were trying to get more goals and pressing every single ball."

 

Warne on the upcoming trip to Charlton...

"First and foremost, I don't like to see managers lose their jobs but I understand why it happens.

"There's nothing worse than playing a club when they've just changed managers.

"I spoke to Lee [Johnson] about them at the weekend because they went up and beat Sunderland at Sunderland. They also beat Donny convincingly at home by more than we did, so I know they're a very good side.

"They've got unbelievable players and because they've won back to back, the caretaker will be having his name bandied around for the full-time job and the lads in the team at the moment will want him to get it.

"They're a really good footballing side and once it clicks they will be right up there.

"They're getting their season going and it will be a really tough game."


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