PREVIEW: Warne changes tack for Checkatrade clash

By Joe Cawthorn | 07/11/2017 0 comments

PREVIEW: Warne changes tack for Checkatrade clash
Paul Warne says some players 'might need to play a few demons out.'

ROTHERHAM United boss Paul Warne admitted his thoughts on tonight's Checkatrade Trophy clash at Bradford have changed slightly following Saturday's FA Cup defeat at Crewe.

Warne was planning on making a raft of changes but now believes that some players who were involved at the weekend may need to play that disappointing performance out of their systems.

Warne told the Advertiser: "It's an advantage having a game on and it will hopefully put the Crewe match to bed pretty quick.

"I might look at it a little bit differently than I intended to, one or two of the lads might need to play a few demons out.

"We had a long journey home from Crewe discussing what we are going to do. We'll make a few changes, obviously, because a few of the lads might need some minutes under their belts, but I probably won't make as many as I was intending to.

"We'll set up as confidently as we can and hopefully get a result."

One likely change is the return of  left-back Joe Mattock, who missed the Gresty Road defeat through suspension following his recent dismissal against Gillingham.

Although he won't be available for selection in the South Yorkshire derby at Doncaster at the weekend, he is able to play in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Speaking after Saturday's defeat, Warne said: "Joe can play so I will use the game for him to play, definitely."

Tonight's Group F tie kicks-off at 7.30pm and even a victory might not be enough to take the Millers further in the competition.

You can catch all of the action from Valley Parade as it happens on our Live Blog, with updates throughout the game and reaction after the final whistle.

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