Warne: We have nothing to lose

MANAGER Paul Warne wants his Rotherham United players to front up for today’s big Yorkshire derby at Leeds, saying: “We have nothing to lose.”

Rejuvenated under former Argentina and Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds have already despatched Championship promotion fancies Stoke and Derby in style and are strong favourites to bag the points in front of a partisan crowd at Elland Road.

Even though the Millers have recovered from their first-day hammering at Brentford to overcome Ipswich and then Wigan in the League Cup, they’re prepared to have to fight a rearguard action.

Warne knows that the longer his team can stay in the game, the more chance they have of springing a surprise and hopes his players can flourish in the role of underdogs.

He told the Advertiser: “There are good times and bad times to play teams and I am not sure this is a good time to play Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa has got them playing in an attractive, attacking way,  they’re the fittest team I have seen in a long time. They play forward-thinking football and create chances.

"The good thing is that there isn't a massive amount of expectation on us. I am well aware where everyone will put their coupon this weekend but football is strange sometimes. You don't need many chances to win a game and our lads have taken confidence from the last two matches.

Back in contention...striker Jamie Proctor.

“It will be a full house and if possible we need to quieten the crowd, you have to ride the first ten or 15 minutes especially.

“If we can impose our play onto them then we can cause them problems.

“Last year we always played open football. This year we are looking at different systems of play to get our best players in the team, the ones in form.

“A lot of teams might have better players on paper, but I always feel we are going to score a goal in every game we play and Leeds is no different. We'll always have a threat.

“I expect us to be hard and competitive and to give a good account of ourselves.

“It will be tough but we have nothing to lose.”

Although Warne will be tempted to field the 11 who bagged three precious league points against Ipswich last week, new loan signing Ryan Manning, the midfielder from QPR, is in contention. Fit-again striker Jamie Proctor could also figure after his two-goal salvo against Wigan.

“You have to play people who are in form and if you are going to Elland Road then you need your best 11 players out there,” added the Millers boss.

Due to strong ticket sales in the home sections, the match was made all-ticket yesterday. No tickets will be available today. Kick-off is 3pm.