PAUL WARNE admits that Huddersfield Town’s unquenchable team spirit and togetherness with their supporters is something he is striving to harness at Rotherham United.
Warne takes his Millers team to the John Smith’s Stadium this evening and he, like countless others in the footballing fraternity, has been energised and enthused by Town’s remarkable success story of the past year.
Warne, who is likely to make several changes this evening, said: “I remember when we played there (last season) and they were clapping their fans and it was a bit like Iceland (national team).
“The whole place bought into it and I also watched Lincoln about three times last year and the whole town bought into what they were trying to do, too.
“I believe my group have really engaged with the fans as well and I think that’s what happened at Huddersfield.
“Even though we lost 2-1 on Saturday, the fact that they got clapped off is a big deal to me and the team.
I believe my group have really engaged with the fans as well and I think that’s what happened at Huddersfield.Rotherham manager, Paul Warne
“Huddersfield are a really tight-knit group and to get through the way they did last season showed a bit of resilience and I’’d like to think that my group will be not a poorer version, but a similar one.”
Meanwhile, Warne is not ruling out tabling a bid to sign in-form loan striker Keiffer Moore on a permanent basis before the close of the transfer window – if the right circumstances arise.
On four-goal Moore, who joined the Millers on a season-long loan, Warne added: “If we could put a bid in which would attract Ipswich and if the player wanted to stay and everything was right, then I would. But I am in no immediate rush.”
Warne is expecting to complete the signing of a new defender before Saturday’s League One game with Charlton, with another newcomer likely to arrive over the course of the weekend.
Town boss David Wagner will make a raft of changes this evening, with the likes of Laurent Depoitre, Scott Malone and Jordan Williams expected to be handed competitive debuts.
Last six games: Huddersfield LDDDWW; Rotherham DLWWDL.
Referee: P Bankes (Merseyside).
Last time: Huddersfield 2 Rotherham 1, September 27, 2016; Championship.