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READ | Warne's pre-Burton Albion press highlights

18 April 2022

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne spoke to the local media following the Easter weekend triumph over Ipswich Town in Sky Bet League One to preview another important game as his side travel to face Burton Albion on Tuesday night.

The Millers manager recapped a fine performance which yielded a huge three points for the club on Saturday, whilst also discussing whether there were any fresh injury concerns with two games coming in quick succession.

He was also quizzed on whether his side can now build some momentum following a performance which was befitting of the win at the weekend and how important that could be as his side move into the final four games of the season.

You can read the highlights from the interview below:

 

Warne on how players came through the Ipswich Town game on the injury front...

"Obviously Jordi had severe pain from the challenge last Tuesday from the Portsmouth 'keeper. He's done well to well to get himself into any shape to play and I give him massive credit for that.

"Wilesy is walking-wounded to a certain extent. Icky has taken a couple of cracks but I don't think they're enough to put them out of contention for Tuesday.

"They are just part and parcel of the game."

 

Warne on trying to carry momentum into midweek from Saturday's win...

"Look, it was a good win, but it will only be a good win if you can back it up with other results.

"It definitely gives the dressing room a boost, which is great.

"I said to the lads before the game to try and make a moment a memory. Try and make it a game you remember and they did against Ipswich.

"Tuesday might not go our way or it might. MK might end up winning the next two or losing the next two. All we can do is try and be our best as much as we can and on Saturday we were and hopefully that will continue for the remainder of the season.

"I'm not saying that the lads are above criticism, it has just been unfortunate that we've hit a sticky wicket at a really crucial time."

 

Warne on how hard winning games is at this time of the season when so many clubs have so much to play for...

"To win a game at this end of the season is so much harder than in October and November - apart from the teams who are sort of in the middle, they play without pressure.

"The teams at the bottom are fighting. You see Morecambe go and win at Charlton and Sunderland score a last minute goal at the weekend. 

"It is just ramped up.

"The wins are even more important and the goals are even harder to come by.

"We do the same training and everything else as we have all season.

"Our job is to try and get the lads to relax. Fortunately at the weekend it worked."

 

Warne on the potential psychological benefits of the 2021/22 Season Dinner taking place last week...

"I've told the lads we're going to have an end of season dinner every week now!

"Logistically it was a bit of a nightmare, however, on the other side of the coin, there were videos of great goals and other bits from the season.

"Maybe they came away from that thinking "we're not bad us" and maybe it gave us a boost.

"Having fans come up to you and tell you how good you are or that you're there hero is nice because when you don't win, you get criticism.

"Everyone was wax lyrical about the lads and kept telling them how good they were, so like I said, we'll have one every Thursday now!"

 

Warne on facing Burton Albion...

"It's a different challenge to the one we faced against Ipswich.

"I think when we played them at home we were fortunate to come away with a positive result.

"I think we're going to have to match their athleticism and they are forward-thinking, which I like - although not when I play against them!

"They're trying to finish their season off with aplomb ready for next season. I know it will be a difficult game.

"We probably have to sharpen up a little bit in the final third and physically match them, as they do us.

"We've just got to stay in the game and give a good 'away performance' which virtually all season, we've had."


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