Huddersfield Town v Rotherham United: Paul Warne sets survival target for Millers

PAUL WARNE has laid out to his Rotherham United players how many points he expects them to take from four games in eight days and where.

And, whilst he was unwilling to go public with the details, defeat to Huddersfield Town is not part of those plans. Win today and the Millers will be five points behind the Terriers with three games in hand, a great way to attack next week’s home matches against Queens Park Rangers (Tuesday), Coventry City (Thursday) and Birmingham City (Sunday).

Lose, and an 11-point gap looks daunting. The busiest week of their season feels pivotal.

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“These four games are crucial,” accepts manager Warne. “We have to take points off teams around us.

TARGET: Rotherham United's players are aware how many points their boss Paul Warne believes will ensure survival. Picture Bruce Rollinson

“In 10 day’s time we’ll have a real feel of where we’re at. I’ve set a target for points and who we need to get them off.

“We need to take points on Saturday. We attack the Huddersfield game as strongly as we can.”

Birmingham and Coventry are the two teams between 19th-placed Huddersfield and Rotherham, in the final Championship relegation spot.

The big plus for Warne is he goes in with a strong squad, and the prospect of imminent reinforcements.

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne. Picture: PA

“There are no issues from earlier in the week,” he said.

“Joe Mattock has trained this week, as has everyone else. The only issue I’ve got is Robbo (Clark Robertson) but he’ll be available for next week.

“He trained in an 11-v-11 game today but Saturday is probably a bit too soon for him.

“I’m picking from a squad of 23 and that’s the first time that’s happened since probably the first day of the season.

“Having this many players available for the games in quick succession is really going to be crucial.”

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