Gillingham v Rotherham United: Paul Warne does not want to tempt fate but play-offs are in sight

Rotherham United's manager Paul Warne feels his side are 'pretty close' to their play-off goal (Picture: Tony Johnson).
Rotherham United's manager Paul Warne feels his side are 'pretty close' to their play-off goal (Picture: Tony Johnson).
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PLAY-OFF conundrums will hopefully dominate Paul Warne’s attention in the coming weeks, but it is a case of first things first for the Rotherham United manager.

Warne said: “I sort have hammered the lads a little bit (yesterday) and said, ‘We have not actually achieved anything yet.’ You do not want to tempt fate.

“If we get a win that is as near as damn it and it means that other teams have to win all their games, which is difficult as they are all playing each other.

“I would like to think we are pretty close to achieving what we set out for and then it is all about where you finish in it.”

If the Millers’ first mission is achieved in Kent, Warne will quickly turn his mind to ensuring that his players and squad enter the play-offs at optimum freshness, more especially in a mental sense.

Acknowledging that key facet, he added: “They are football fit, but I need to keep them football fresh. So if there are opportunities to change a few things then I will.

“If we are deserving of a play-off place, I do not want to stagger into them or hammer the same 11 and they get into the play-offs and are fatigued.

“When I was at Oldham a few years ago we played Blackpool in the play-offs and it was the same team all year and when we got into them, we were dead mentally and physically.”

Last six games: Gillingham LLLDDD Rotherham WLDLWD

Referee: D Whitestone (Bedfordshire).

Last time: Gillingham 3 Rotherham 4; April 5, 2014; League One.