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READ | Warne's pre-Cambridge United press highlights - Papa John's Trophy

25 January 2022

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Rotherham United boss Paul Warne spoke to ahead of Tuesday night's Papa John's Trophy Quarter Final against Cambridge United.

Up for discussion was the hard-fought win over Cheltenham Town at the weekend, an update on team news and who is likely to be involved on Tuesday night and a look at the opposition - which is provided by Mark Bonner's side.

You can read the highlights from our interview with the Millers boss, in our press highlights, here.



Warne on Cheltenham win…

“I thought it was a good, hard-fought win. Every game is a battle and I think our work-rate is what won the day for us in the end against a good team.

“During the winter months, where the conditions are tough, the 1-0 wins count as much as every other come the end of the campaign, so in that respect we’re really pleased.

“Smudge got us a really good goal and there were a number of good performances, but I thought Woody was the outstanding player.

“Him pressing the goalkeeper at the end epitomises we’re all about here, the players massively look up to him and he certainly led by example again here. The attitude and endeavour from the whole team is what won the day for us.”


Warne on team news…

“We will look to shuffle the pack again and it hands another opportunity to the lads who many not have been playing as much as they’d like.

“The lads who have played so far have shown that we really are going to need everyone if we are to be successful and we’re full of belief in any team that we put out.

“Sincerely, all we want to do is win football matches and Tuesday night is just another opportunity to do just that.”


Warne on the Papa John’s Trophy…

“I respect that this competition isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I think we should definitely be excited about the potential of a Wembley visit on the cards.

“I keep telling the lads that their careers are so short and the chance to play there are few and far between.

“On top of that, we want to win every game we play and I think we’ve shown that with our performances in this competition up to now. Hopefully we can continue that against a really good Cambridge side.”


Warne on Cambridge United…

“This will be the third time we’ve faced them in just over two months and based on their performances in both games, it comes as no surprise to me that they are still in this competition.

“I know we came out on top in both games, but we were really made to fight for the points on both occasions and I’m sure that will be the case again on Tuesday evening.

“They are really well coached by Mark [Bonner] and the rest of the staff and have had a really good season up to now. They will ask us a lot of questions and we will have to be at our best to get the result we want.

"They have won all of their last five games in all competitions, so I think that tells you all you need to know about the confidence they have at the moment. Like us, their players will have one eye on a potential Wembley visit and will be right up for it on Tuesday."

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