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READ | Warne's pre-Queens Park Rangers press highlights

18 August 2022

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Rotherham United boss Paul Warne was on iFollow Millers duties to look ahead to this weekend's clash with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in the Sky Bet Championship.

Following a solid point on the road at Preston North End in midweek, there wasn't much time to turn around before the trip to the capital appears on the horizon, but plenty to discuss nonetheless.

On the agenda for Warne were questions surrounding that draw at Deepdale, a resolute defensive performance and whether Tom Eaves may be back in contention for a place in the squad.

The Millers boss continued to cover topics including the five sub rule and the challenge that awaits his outfit at Loftus Road.


Read the highlights below or watch all of the video content HERE.


Warne on Preston draw…

“We rode our luck, that is for sure but we had pockets of the game where I thought we were really good and on another day, we might have come away with more than a point.

“Preston’s better chances came from our throw-ins in the first half, which I think we can improve on.

“Overall, it was a really good point and gave the team something to build on. It is the kinds of result we can take confidence from ahead of another tough game on Saturday.

“We saw with Reading’s result against Blackburn last night that everyone can beat everyone in this league, so every result we get, we have to work hard for.”


Warne on defensive resilience on show at Deepdale…

“We have good characters here. People who want to defend crosses and put their bodies on the line. There were a couple of deflections and where the lads had to take on in the face and that is part of defending.

“It takes a team effort to keep a clean sheet and when Viktor was called upon he made a couple of saves from distance.

“All in all, the defending starts from the front and ends at the back and the lads can’t be faulted for that.”


Warne on how the new players have settled in…

“Hally and Pelts have played together before at Boro and Humprheys has had a really good start here to be fair to him and I was really pleased with them.

“I was pleased with Scotty High, too. He came in at right-wing back and did really well, we know he’s a great player with a big future ahead of him.”


Warne on how the new sub rule suits his side…

“I’ve said to the lads that if you’re hooked off after an hour, it isn’t about you, it’s about the team. Five subs gives us the opportunity to freshen the team up and with the fixture schedule as hectic as it is, it is a big thing for us.

“It’s always about the squad and everyone playing their part. Apart from probably the goalkeeper, there aren’t many who have played 90 minutes in every game.

“I do like to use the opportunity at half time [to make a sub] because its easier for a player to join the game after the interval.

“We want to use the subs where we can and we will continue to utilise it how we feel fit.” 

Warne on a potential Eaves return at the weekend having travelled with the side to Preston...

"He was in full training on Monday but I just don't think that is enough.

"He'll train again tomorrow, I'll have a look at him and I'll put him in the travelling pack.

"If I put him in the 18, there's a good chance that I will stick him on the pitch but I said before that I didn't want to put him on the squad sheet and put him on, only for him not to be right.

"We're not here to knock people's confidence and we won't put people out there until they're ready.

"As much as I want to get Tom in the team, he has to earn his place like everybody else."

Warne on team news...

"We've no issues at all which is really nice because, in fairness, in pre-season everything seemed to be an issue.

"Once you start getting games under your belt you sort of get more resilient.

"After five or six games they start getting that matchday fitness back which is good for everybody.

"We got through Preston okay, we've obviously got this one and then we can make some changes for the Morecambe game."


Warne on whether any players on the periphery may head out on loan...

"I'll speak to the group about it today.

"I don't want anybody when the window shuts to be thinking they should have gone out on loan and didn't because they don't feel like they have an opportunity to play here.

"Everyone has an opportunity to play and I don't want anybody to leave but I also understand how it is.

"Potentially there's a chance that two or three of ours might leave but if they don't, then great.

"I think loans are essential."

Warne on the unpredictability of the Sky Bet Championship...

"There will be a lot of random results this season.

"I went to watch Sheffield United play Sunderland last night and Hammy and Andy went to watch Stoke versus Middlesbrough.

"They were both different games. Sheffield United and Sunderland are obviously both very good teams.

"Everyone will take points off each other.

"That's the truth and I think this league is really open this year."


Warne on facing QPR...

"They did really well getting a 2-2 at Sunderland and changed it at half-time and went after the game - and the goalie scored didn't he?!

"To lose at home to Blackpool, they'll be desperate to get their home form going and will see our game as an opportunity to do that.

"We've had some great games there - the FA Cup game last year - and one of my darkest when we lost 5-0 and another when we lost 3-2 when we were 3-0 down at half-time.

"I've had the whole rainbow of emotions at that place!"

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