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READ | Warne's pre-Lincoln City press highlights

14 March 2022

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne was back on press duty ahead of a quick turnaround in Sky Bet League One following the draw at Wycombe on Saturday, as his side prepare for a Tuesday night meeting with Lincoln City at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The Millers manager provided an update on the overall health of his squad, whilst covering other topics including the point at Adams Park, the team’s ability to grind out results even when not at their scintillating best and facing Lincoln City.

The highlights from that interview can be found below, with video content set to follow later on Monday afternoon, here on iFollow Millers.

 

Warne on team news...

"We're good. I don't think I have any injury issues, or any more from the weekend.

"I think Jamie Lindsay might be involved in training today, just as a floater, so I don't think he's ready for inclusion in the squad on Tuesday night but apart from that, we're all good I think."

Warne's reflections on a point at Wycombe Wanderers...

"A point away from home at Wycombe is a good point. It wasn't the best game but we were definitely in the ascendancy in the first half.

"We should have taken one or two of the chances I think and it could have been a more comfortable afternoon, but in the end, I think they looked more likely to score later on in the second half.

"A point is probably fair enough.

"We didn't concede, so in that respect it was good for the lads, but now we've got two home game where we really need to back that up."

 

Warne on team's ability to get results, even when not at their fluent best...

"I obviously recruit certain types of player and we treat them in a certain way.

"There's a real good respect value between the players and the staff.

"The lads understand - because I remind them all the time - who they're playing for and that it is for their loved ones as much as themselves.

"They have a real togetherness and determination to get results.

"You can always control your effort levels and your aggression, but you can't always control your performance.

"Everyone has bad days over 46 games, but generally if one or two of the lads have been lacking in their absolute excellence, maybe other lads have held it together."

 

Warne on a vocal following from the Millers fans at Adams Park...

"It was really good.

"I thought on Saturday, considering we weren't at our best I thought our fans were and they probably helped us get over the line more than they thought.

"I was worried when the lads clapped them at the end, and when I clapped them that there would be a few people not looking back at you with such respectful eyes, but it wasn't the case - hence why I went and thanked them after.

"It was a great effort and as cheesy as this sounds - and it isn't supposed to be - if we get up, everybody has played a part. However small at this football club, be it the tea lady, the groundsman, the person who has been to their first away game and has decided to cheer the team on. Everyone is part of it. That is what has made us great in a weird way.

"That's the most I've heard them singing away from home and in a weird way, I think it is because of the atmosphere at Hartlepool."

 

Warne on non-Millers fans regarding Rotherham United as their 'second team'...

"I'm a bit taken aback by the question really - I wasn't aware that there was outside love towards our club, which is good if that is the case.

"I'd like to think that everything - as all the local clubs do - we try to do our bit in the community and try to do everything we can to promote the area and the football club.

"I've been fortunate that I've signed really good people and players here which help and if that has aided our club to be popular in some people's hearts, then great.

"I don't want it in a patronising "bless them" sort of way, but if it is that Sheffield United aren't playing at home and somebody wants to come down and watch us then great.

"I'm reasonably flattered and I didn't expect that question."

 

Warne on facing Lincoln City, whose form of late has really stepped up...

"They have ramped up their form and their performances have improved.

"I watched them earlier in the season and how they are now is completely different.

"I also watched them win very comprehensively away at Sunderland.

"They had a really good January window and their key players are back.

"They're playing well and in fairness, they beat Sheffield Wednesday, which possibly people didn't expect.

"Their other performances have been good and I can see why they're picking up wins.

"At one stage they were getting themselves pulled towards the bottom end but they've pulled away from that now.

"They've got really good players and their front three are Hopper, Marquis and Maguire behind them, which is a phenomenal front three for any team in League One.

"They've got a threat, they play out from the back and they take massive risks, but to get equal reward."


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