PREVIEW: Warne wary of Oxford threat

PAUL Warne believes tomorrow’s opponents Oxford United have added some attacking flair to the steely base they developed last season.

Former manager Michael Appleton left the Us last summer and was replaced by Spaniard Pep Clotet, Garry Monk’s former assistant at Leeds United.

And Oxford, who sit two points and two places below the Millers in the League One table, have benefited from the influx of players.

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“They’re a lot more flambouyant,” said Warne. “Their free-kicks for example, they just put them down and play, they just want to play.

“They’ve had a little bit more of an influx from across the water, which probably gets you a bit more class on the ball. I think they’re just much more of an attacking threat.

“They were well organised before, I’m not disputing that, but I just think they’ve put a bit of sugar on it and made it a little bit prettier on the eye possibly.

“They’re collecting points for fun so they’re obviouisly not going too far wrong. Another transfer window down the line and I think they’ll get stronger again.”

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Injured duo Lee Frecklington and Jon Taylor returned to full training yeserday and are in contention for Saturday's trip, but the tie is likely to come too soon for experienced midfielder Darren Potter.

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