PAUL Warne promises that Rotherham United won’t be content just to sit and defend when they lock horns with League One leaders Wigan Athletic tomorrow.
The Millers manager rates the Latics the best side in the division, an opinion backed up by the statistics. Wigan have scored the most goals and have the tightest back line. They’re also on a run of five wins from since the end of their giant-killing FA Cup run.
It is all set up to be the hardest match of the campaign so far but Rotherham rarely set themselves up just to contain the opposition.
Warne believes a total of four points from tomorrow’s clash and Tuesday’s trip to Gillingham will just about seal a play-off place and wants his players to take the opportunity, starting against Paul Cook’s in-form side.
Warne told the Advertiser: “Myself and Matt Hamshaw went to see Wigan at Rochdale on Tuesday night and they were pretty formidable. It was tight to start with but Wigan have very, very good players who don't miss chances and that's why they're top of the league. They deserve to be, I think they're the best by quite a distance.
“It will be tough for us but everyone has got hard games now, just look at the fixtures. Charlton have a hard run-in, so have Peterborough have and so have Plymouth.
Joe Mattock...sits out the clash at the DW Stadium.
“Our match this weekend is potentially the hardest of the lot but the lads have a lot of self-belief and we won't go there to defend, put it that way.
“Wigan and Gillingham will be difficult but we’re going to have to go.”
After last week’s win over Fleetwood Warne is under no pressure to make changes to his starting 11.
With Joe Mattock again missing out with a hamstring injury, Ben Purrington is expected to deputise again at left-back.
As of this morning the Millers had sold 1,020 ticket of their allocation of 1,200 tickets for the game. Fans can pay on the day at the DW Stadium but by cash only.
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