PAUL WARNE is never short of desire and intent whenever he heads to Portman Road.
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Born and bred in Norfolk, the Rotherham United manager was a boyhood fan of Ipswich Town’s arch-rivals Norwich City, with little love lost on either side of the East Anglian football divide.
Back in January, Warne was left sore after watching his side go down to a painful 1-0 loss at Suffolk, in a game which the visitors had dominated.
Both teams go into tonight’s encounter on the back of disappointing results, with the Millers losing 2-1 at home to Oxford United and League One high-fliers Town seeing their unbeaten league record ended in a surprise 2-0 reverse at Accrington Stanley on Sunday afternoon.
Warne said: “I have got loads of people coming, about 20 odd. I do not want to make a massive deal out of me being a Norwich fan as opposition grounds hate opposition managers and this will not help my cause. And it is a ‘walk of shame’ at Ipswich to the dug-out.”
Meanwhile, Warne believes that Michael Ihiekwe’s new contract is just reward for a “virtually faultless” start to the season with the Millers.
On Ihiekwe, who has signed an extended deal until June 2022, Warne added: “He has been virtually faultless this season. He is an unbelievable athlete. He is a future captain of this team.”
Last six games: Ipswich WWWWWL; Rotherham DLWWWL.
Referee: J Busby (Oxon).
Last time: Ipswich 1 Rotherham 0, January 12, 2019; Championship.