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READ | Warne's pre-Accrington Stanley press highlights

3 February 2022

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne spoke to iFollow Millers ahead of the weekend’s hosting of Accrington Stanley in Sky Bet League One.

He reflected on an emphatic midweek victory over Doncaster Rovers, whilst discussing the need to continue driving standards, Joe Mattock’s performance, Rarmani Edmonds-Green’s injury and much more.

You can read all the key points from the interview in our press highlights below, with full video content to follow shortly on iFollow Millers, HERE.



Warne on Doncaster Rovers win...

"I'm really pleased. It's all about winning games but it has gone now.

"I say that but we're about to show the lads the good and bad of the game.

"There's a lot to be pleased with, obviously scoring goals, keeping a clean sheet - which we've done a lot of this year. 

"We limited to Donny to very few chances.

"I was pleased that three of the four midfielders scored and in fairness, Ollie had two great attempts.

"Five different goalscorers - our strikers didn't score but I thought that they were excellent.

"JJ came on and had an impact as well.

"There wasn't a great deal wrong, but it's a memory now and we've got to try and make another in two days' time."


Warne on importance of watching the game back as part of the constant desire to keep improving...

"You have to watch the game back - well you don't, but we always watch it back because sometimes we come away and have an unintentional bias on players, which changes when you watch it back.

"Sometimes it goes the other way and think someone had a worldy and you watch it back and realise they weren't as good as you first thought.

"You have to watch it because you're not in an emotive state and you're calm, you know the score. It's a better way to judge your players, your team and the opposition.

"We always go through the same process."


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Warne on five different goalscorers versus Doncaster and spreading goals around the team...

"It's good isn't it because you don't want a Freddie, Smudge or Griggy taking all the goals and then one isn't in-form because that creates its own issues.

"Good teams spread the goals out and it takes the pressure off individuals.

"We create enough chances to score a lot of goals and the more players you can have in goalscoring form, the better."


Warne on Joe Mattock stepping in and stepping up in the absence of Rarmani Edmonds-Green...

"It didn't surprise me. I've got unbelievable respect for Joe, his career and how good he's been for me since he's been here on and off the pitch.

"He is a really good player.

"It is just about trying to keep Joe fit and healthy to play games.

"Whether he can play back-to-back three games in a week, I'm not so sure.

"We have to manage him like we manage Woody. 

"I'm really pleased with him but not surprised. At no time have I ever thought that Joe wouldn't be able to perform at a level and in fairness to him and Woody, they don't need to train as much because they've got muscle memory and a lot of games under their belt.

"I said to the group the other day, if Joe was fully-fit, I'd expect him to be the best left-sided centre half in the league."


Warne on Rarmani Edmonds-Green's injury...

"REG is alright.

"It's a Grade 2B and the part of the muscle it is, isn't too bad.

"We're quite pleased. I think we're earmarking the Morecambe game as his first one back.

"Injuries are going to come. It's sad but we've been blessed that we're not talking about four or five, but rather an individual case every now and again.

"I'm pleased with the conditioning team and the physios here are amazing. They've done brilliantly to keep the lads fit and heatlhy."


Warne on other team news...

"I think elsewhere we're all good.

"I don't think there are any issues.

"The other night before the game we had T [Bola], Georgie and Angus running before the game to keep them ticking.

"We'll have a little game for those who haven't played as much as a bit of a top-up with some youth team players."



Warne on Jordi Osei-Tutu...

"He has had injuries and I'm happy to take that risk.

"I tried to sign him last summer but Cardiff stole him off me!

"I know he had a hamstring injury and I know all the background on that.

"I know he started well at Forest and then got an ankle injury.

"He might not get injured for the next 10 years! I am well-aware that if he hadn't had those injuries he might not be coming to us in the third tier of English football.

"If it makes our team better, I think the risk is worth it.

"He's in good physical shape at the moment and we'll do our absolute best to keep him that way.

"I've had many conversations with Arsenal and reassured them that we will manage his minutes and his training like we do our own.

"I think our history generally at this place has been quite good for that."


Warne on Millers being joint-top scorers in the league...

"The only stat I'm disappointed with is that we don't take enough chances.

"In all the stats that we go by, we're in the top three in every month in every department apart from taking chances.

"The other night we spoke to the lads about it and reaffirmed how big a difference being in the top for that stat could be for us.

"It's really impressive to score goals and you can only take the chances that you get and it wasn't like we missed loads the other night - we were really clinical."


Warne on Accrington Stanley...

"In fairness, every time we play them they beat us!

"I'm well-aware of how difficult it is and they work so hard out of possession.

"Their pressing stats are right up there, so you get no time on the ball.

"They are really competitive and not dissimilar to us.

"The game on Boxing Day was disappointing for us to concede that late goal but the disappointing thing was that we didn't take our chances first half.

"If you're going to beat Accrington, Doncaster, Sheffield Wednesday or whoever, you have to take your chances."

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