The Championship’s bottom two meet at the DW Stadium tomorrow, a game that both clubs will feel that they can win, the Latics have an absolutely dreadful home record, just 12 goals from 19 games says it all really, whilst Rotherham’s away form is equally abysmal, 13 goals in 20 games on the road with 58 conceded and just one point, 19 defeats.
This game has got classic written all over it.
In the build up to the match both bosses, Graham Barrow and Paul Warne have been speaking to the media, let’s take a look at what they have had to say:
Latics boss Graham Barrow – ”We were disappointed with our performance on Tuesday night
”But if I’m being honest you kind of sensed that it was going to go one way or the other after two good performances against Aston Villa and Newcastle. Trying to get the players to maintain that standard of football was probably the most difficult psychological thing, and people might find that hard to believe, but when you don’t get your rewards when you’re playing well, it’s a difficult one to sustain.
”The situation hasn’t changed, we’re still in their fighting and that’s the biggest thing to come out of it really. It’s more alive than what we probably had hoped for after that performance, so it’s very much there for us if we want to take it.
”I think it’s clear to everyone the importance of the (Rotherham) game so we have to build the players up and prepare them as best as we can. We need them to be relaxed and let them perform.
”I can’t fault the supporters since I’ve been in charge. The fans who came to Ipswich and Newcastle were fantastic, but I do think it’s up to the team now though. The supporters have been great and I’ve no doubt they’ll be behind us again on Saturday, but it really is up to ourselves to do something.”
Rotherham United boss Paul Warne – ”I appreciate that they are struggling, but I’m also aware that they will come out all guns blazing because they will feel that they have to win this game”
”It’s whether we can be defensively resilient and over the last couple of games, I think we’ve been okay but we have to score.
”I don’t think the game will end 0-0 by any stretch of the imagination, so if we want to come away with something, we have to have some fire in our bellies in the attacking box.”
”It would be nice to get a win and obviously I started my playing career at Wigan and my coaching career, so that’s a bit strange and poignant”
”We do need to score and we’re doing everything we can behind the scenes to make that happen.”
”I want to play attacking football and I’m not mad on it being possession-based”
”I’m not one of those that needs 70% possession to win games and it’s all about the attempts on goal and getting people off their seats. I hope that the players want to buy into that.”
Check out the latest PWU Podcast – Rotherham Ahoy
0:00 Greasy intros
2:00 Statless Newcastle review with Simon’s Tripadvisor report
6:00 Apologetic Warnock (=new Twitter account idea?)
12:00 Shoutouts to King ‘Coach’ Joyce
14:00 Seamless Ipswich review with a sigh and a Si: ‘it’s over’
18:00 Next striker: Mandron? Lang? AN Other?
23:00 King St getting ready for a party… in 12 months’ time
25:00 Next manager: Jewell? Caldwell? Barry Worthington?
28:00 Weepy Rotherham preview
32:00 Si’s Oddschecker: Straw Clutching Special & Mick backs against Wigan shock!
36:00 Sayonara Matt Jackson & Nick Powell’s long comeback
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