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READ | Warne's pre-Manchester City U21s press highlights - Papa John's Trophy

26 October 2021


READ | Warne's pre-Manchester City U21s press highlights - Papa John's Trophy

26 October 2021

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Rotherham United boss Paul Warne was on-hand to speak to ahead of Tuesday night's hosting of Manchester City U21s in the Papa John's Trophy.

Up for discussion was the win at MK Dons, team news ahead of the midweek encounter and the mood around the club after a promising start to the 2021/22 campaign...


Warne on MK Dons performance…

“We’ve watched it back and we’re still as pleased as we were after the game, but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop trying to improve.

“There were things we could have been better on obviously, but that is football utopia. All-in-all, it was a really good performance against a good MK Dons team.

“We’re in a good run of form but we’ve got more tough games coming and we’ve got to try and maintain our high standards.”


Warne on team news…

“We still have a few walking wounded, but that is usually the case around this time of season.

“Jamie Lindsay is getting closer with each day that passes and it is good to see his face with a smile on now and then!

“Joe Mattock is obviously a bit more of an issue.

“Woody is fine after that crack he took in the Wycombe game and I think he’ll be fit to be involved tonight if we want to use him.”


Warne on Manchester City U21s fixture…

“It’s another game and another opportunity for lads to impress.

“We will try and introduce a bit more youth for this fixture because it is a good chance for us to have a look at a few.

“That said, they’ll be blended in with our first team lads who might not have played quite as much as they’d have liked in recent weeks and will be looking to make impression.

“We’ll prepare properly as we always do and go out and try to win a game of football. I don’t think anyone would disagree with the fact that we’ve taken this competition seriously this season and we’ll be doing so again tonight.”


Warne on dressing room mood…

“The place definitely has a bit of a ‘bounce’ but I’d like to think that it’s always a happy environment to be in.

“I’ve said it a million times and I know it’s a cliché, but we don’t get too high or low. We’ve had a decent start to the season but there is an awful lot of football to play before that final whistle is blown on 30th April.

“I love working with this group and I think they enjoy playing their football here too.

“They’ve got a real desire to succeed and are all fighting for each other, so we’ll keep doing what we’re doing and see where it takes us.”

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