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

7 January 2022

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne was on-hand to talk to iFollow Millers ahead of this weekend’s trip to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium to face Queens Park Rangers in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.

There was once again plenty to discuss including the return of Angus MacDonald to the matchday squad, Warne’s desire to keep everyone in the building in January, an update on team news and more.

All of which can be read in the press highlights below, with video content to follow on iFollow Millers shortly, HERE.

 

Warne on the run ending, but reaffirming the importance of trying to put another together...

"We've only got QPR away on Saturday!

"We're going to lose football games, it isn't a disaster, you just have to bounce back as soon as you can.

"The next four months, most teams in League One are playing three times a week, so there is going to be disappointments, enjoyment and you'll have about half-an-hour to wallow or praise yourself before you're back into the next game.

"You'll lose some and you'll win some. We want to win, we don't want to draw, but what will be will be."

 

Warne on involvement in three competitions meaning the majority of the squad is able to get exposure to first team football..

"They're never happy if they're not playing and I wasn't either.

"It is about having them in a position whereby if they need to play, they can play and they know what they have to do to and I know that is the case.

"I thought Haks did really well apart from obviously the goal. I thought T [Bola] played really well and so did Sads.

"It is good to have Joe Mattock back on the pitch and we nearly had Angus out there.

"It is good playing in competitive games and it is alright telling the lads that it is a squad game, but it only feels like one if you get your opportunity now and again.

"Nobody let themselves down which is what we want."

 

Warne on whether the excitement is building around a potential Wembley visit in the Papa John's Trophy...

"I don't know is my honest answer.

"I did tell them the other day that they're only a couple of games away and you sort of go through your career thinking that when you're 23 you'll get loads of chances to go there and before you know it, your career is over.

"We just want to win every game and I appreciate that brings fixture problems but a winning mentality is good to have and it keeps us in cups, but it keeps competition for places really fierce."

 

Warne on Angus MacDonald's return to the matchday squad for the first time at Crewe Alexandra...

"It is great news for Angus. Myself and Angus know that he isn't 100% fit and I know he'll tell you the same.

"There's no way he's 100% match fit because you can't have one without the other, that is for sure.

"I just felt that by being able to name five subs - which I think is amazing - it gives us an opportunity to put him on. In the same way that I intend to have him on the bench on Saturday and intend to get him on the pitch like I did the other night.

"It might be that he plays half an hour on Saturday, he feels amazing and it really helps his motivation to do that little bit of extra work - which we all know he's going to need.

"It might go the other way and he thinks 'I'm miles off it' and it works in the same motivation.

"What I really want it to do is to make him feel like his last few months of working hard in bad times has been worth it and he has a career here to look forward to.

"The lads love him so it is really nice that he can be a part of it."

 

 

Warne on the January window and how an exciting window for the Millers would be keeping everyone in the building...

"It's weird, well not weird, I understand everyone's excitement - although it is very media-driven the whole transfer window.

"For us, I don't see anything amazing happening.

"We might lose one or two, we might lose nobody and I am not intending to lose anyone but some things are out of your control.

"I am well happy with the group I've got.

"There's no point changing for changing's sake, so boringly, I'm really happy with the group I have."

Warne's pre-Queens Park Rangers team news...

"Mickel Miller is in the treatment room, he has a little hammy tweak.

"It won't be a drama but he has had history of hamstring injuries from when he went on loan last year - so we'll be extra precautious on him and there's no need for him for the weekend.

"Ben Wiles has a bit of a back issue and as I speak to you now, I'm pretty confident he should be available for the weekend.

"Although, even if he is, we won't make him spend eight hours on a bus if he's got a bad back if there isn't a need.

"Dan Barlaser's ankle wasn't in too much pain when he was doing the iFollow commentary the other day!

"Apart from that, I don't think there are any dramas."

 

 

Warne on Queens Park Rangers...

"Last year when we went, the first half we were absolutely horrendous and I remember standing outside the changing rooms with the staff saying, should we go nicey-nicey or rip paint off the walls to get them going.

"Second half we were really good and should have got something out of it.

"I've had real mixed fortunes down there!

"This is possibly the only time I've been down there without any real pressure. Obviously, we'd love to go through but it wouldn't be a coupon buster if QPR - who are in the Play-offs of the Championship and have won three of their last five - go through.

"That doesn't mean that we aren't going to have a go."

 


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