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Opposition view: Important to everyone

15 December 2016

Rotherham caretaker boss Paul Warne says he will reiterate the importance of Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby against the Owls to his players.

Warne, who took over from Kenny Jacket at the end of November, played for the Millers against Wednesday in the past and knows what this fixture means to both sets of supporters.

He said: “For fans, myself and people like John Breckin, we know the relationship with Sheffield Wednesday.

“If you live in London and you come and play for Rotherham against Sheffield Wednesday, you’re maybe not aware of it. 

“My mate played for Ipswich against Norwich and I, being a Norwich lad, was like ‘wow, that’s a massive game’ but maybe it wasn’t to him. 

“I remember when Steve Evans was here, he asked me to speak to the players before the game when we played Wednesday. He said ‘look Warney, just explain to them what it means to the people.’

“They will be well aware, but in fairness, every game they’ve played they’ve given me everything.

“They’re all massive games, playing at places like Fulham there was a good atmosphere and it was busy, as it was at Derby and places like that. 

“For some of them, it will just be another game but I’ll make sure I reiterate how important it is to everyone in this town." 

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