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READ | Warne's pre-MK Dons press highlights

22 October 2021

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne spoke with the local press ahead of Saturday's trip to Stadium:MK where the Millers face MK Dons in Sky Bet League One.

Another quick turnaround of games presented talking points including a fairly well-populated list of those currently in the treatment room on Thursday morning, along with where Warne would like his side to improve - despite his side's positive start to the 2021/22 campaign.

You can read the main take-aways from his pre-MK Dons chat with the media, here.

 

Warne on expecting a different challenge at MK Dons to the one presented by Wycombe on Tuesday night...

"I think it will be a different game. They are different styles and there is no right or wrong.

"MK Dons I think are the top on possession stats in the league at the moment and are a real footballing side. Liam has got them playing really well.

"It will be a real tough ask. They beat Wigan away in midweek which is some result, so we have to prepare the team in a different way for a different match.

"If you're going to go up and have a good season, you have to play different styles against different teams to get results in different places."

 

Warne on another battle with a side also at the top end of the table...

"This run of games at the moment is possibly our toughest on paper.

"We have this then Man City U21 then Sunderland so it's a chaotic time but the lads are in good fettle, although we might need to strap a few of them up and go again."

 

Warne on team news...

"We've got a few issues.

"Woody is walking wounded at the minute, but in fairness he took a right good crack. I didn't see it at the time but watching it back I think it was a penalty. He won't train today.

"Wilesy isn't well and he won't train today.

"Mickel is having an injection in his foot, so he won't train today.

"Ollie is exhausted and we need to make a decision on him.

"Joe Mattock won't train today and he's having a scan on his ankle.

"That said, 3/4 of them could be available on Saturday but as I speak to you now, there is a bit of walking wounded.

"I rattled them off and scared myself a little bit. Joe Mattock is the most severe but Icky is back today and Jamie Lindsay is back on the grass - albeit not with the squad. He's getting closer."

Warne on Mattock injury...

"I try to manage the lads as best I can. I make the decisions for the right reasons with the help of a good medical team.

"Unfortunately, Joe's injury was independent of his previous issues and he's just going through a really unlucky spell.

"He's twisted his ankle quite severely but had no problems with his Achilles which has been keeping him out.

"He gives us a real balance and is a real leader for us, so it's a massive blow.

"We'll see how long he is out for and it is next man up as always, but it's a big loss for us and it's sad for Joe."

 

 

 

 

Warne on areas he's still looking to improve, despite positive start to the season...

"I think our overall play is really good and we're trying not to be too one dimensional.

"Any team you play, you don't want to be marked as one style or another. You want to keep them guessing.

"I want to be able to throw it out from the 'keeper if there is that option and I thought we were better at that the other night.

"I definitely want us to get better at restarts, especially throw-ins.

"I still think our set pieces can be significantly better. The delivery has been pretty good, I just don't think - apart from Woody - we've attacked it with the purpose that I want.

"There isn't a great deal wrong."

 

 

Warne on League One starting to take shape...

"After 12 games it does settle down, although it doesn't stay like that.

"You roughly know where you're at and it takes more to move.

"I think Oxford will probably wiggle in there as well and Accrington will be thereabouts. There are teams that can get out of it if they have a bad run of form, but generally speaking, you stay where you are.

"If you win two on the spin in the top six, you stay in the top six, but if you lose two, you're probably out of it.

"We've got to keep our performance levels the same, but I don't think anyone would dispute that most of the teams up in the top 10 are there on merit."


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