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READ | Warne's pre-Fleetwood Town press highlights

9 September 2021

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne spoke with iFollow Millers to preview this weekend's visit of Fleetwood Town to AESSEAL New York Stadium in Sky Bet League One.

There was plenty up for discussion including his reflections of Tuesday night's win over Doncaster Rovers which included an impressive debut for young defender Jake Hull.

Warne also took time to praise the club's Academy for their start to life in the Youth Alliance League in 2021/22, whilst giving an update on whether Chiedozie Ogbene could return to action on Saturday.

Below are the highlights from his interview with iFollow Millers, with video content available to watch HERE.

 

Warne's reflections on emphatic Papa John's Trophy win...

"I think it could have finished 9-3! They had three really good opportunities which came from good play in fairness, they just didn't take the chances.

"We rode our luck a little bit at times but in the end, we were more than deserved winners.

"We didn't have any injury issues from the game and the thing is with a strong squad - which we've got - they all need game time and they all need to play because out of all the outfield players, they need to be ready for when they're called upon.

"The cup games are good for that. The result is great and wins breed confidence and help the dressing room no end, but we're now going to do a post-match [meeting] and it is just good to reiterate messages for the new lads especially.

"That's what the game was good for us for but to win 6-0 is always great."

 

Warne on options to rotate without 'weakening' any position on the pitch...

"There is no way that the same XI are going to play every game.

"Some games I need a sitting midfielder like a Quarterback and sometimes I need three midfielders to just run and chase.

"That's what we've tried to get the balance in the squad and that's what the cup game enabled us to do.

"It allows Griggy to come in and get a goal, Jake Hull to get one which is good.

"We've been encouraging the Barlasers and the Haks'  to let their shots go from outside the box - they've both got cracking feet - so for Haks to get a sort of get a goal that's good!

"For example, if you're a fan and your favourite player is X he could get injured tomorrow and his season is over. We need to make sure the player competing with that is ready and that's what's going to happen.

"You don't get promoted with a team, you get promoted with a squad."

 

Warne on Jake Hull's professional debut...

"He's trained really well and his attitude has been spot on.

"It is hard for players to step up and I've said that loads of times. We don't have a bit in-between, you're with the kids and then all of a sudden you're a pro.

"I always remember the first pre-season he had with us when he came in with running Group 4 and now he's running Group 2 which is hugely impressive.

"Hopefully he'll be one that continues his trajectory and is one for the future but it is one game of hopefully 500 professional games to come, but that is in his hands as much as it is mine."

 

Warne on Academy's 100% winning record so far...

"Winning is great - although it is not all about winning at youth team level, it' also about trying to create a culture to get a certain amount of players the opportunity to step up.

"They've done really well and I think at the moment, they're in a place when they go onto the pitch and they think they're going to win,

"They have a DNA about them and they're fit and strong which is good but they can play.

"If we can somehow keep squeezing players through, which they have done an amazing job of in the Academy in recent years because I know how hard it is, then great."

 

Warne on Shane Ferguson's international exploits...

"His celebration - I don't think I've ever seen him run so quickly!

"That is the sort of thing I want him to bring back to the training ground.

"We're buzzing for Shane he is up there with the most selfless players and blokes I've ever met.

"He's so down to earth he's a bit like Shauny Mac.

"He suits us down to the ground and we were buzzing for him going for his 50th cap."

 

Warne on Chiedozie Ogbene's chances of a return this weekend...

"He's got a really good chance.

"He could have probably played against Donny in the home game if we'd really wanted to risk him.

"He could have played the other night but we trained him instead.

"He's been in full training for a few days now, so it is a case of making a decision on whether I play Sads or T [Tolaji Bola] or whatever combination.

"Chieo - as good as he is - doesn't have divine right to get his shirt."

 

Warne on general team news...

"We've got no injury worries at all.

"T [Bola] had a little bit of cramp, but he could have played on, I took him off to eliminate any risk really.

"Apart from that we have no issues at all and they're all fighting fit."

 

Warne on Fleetwood Town...

"At the start of the season you can't really judge anyone.

"Fleetwood have a lot of rotations in the middle of the park and they're quite happy to throw it out and try and get at you. They've got some good threat up front and they've made a couple of good signings in the window and are gaining a little bit of momentum.

"As any game in League One, they're definitely going to ask us questions that we hopefully have the answers to and we're going to try and pose them questions they definitely don't have the answers to."


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