Paul Warne reveals the psychological approach to his Rotherham United players

Rotherham boss Paul Warne is trying not to concern his players with their predicament in the Championship table.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 7:29 pm

The Millers are in catch-up mode in their relegation battle after two more games were postponed this week after a second coronavirus outbreak at the club.

The weekend visit to Brentford and Tuesday's clash with Luton were called off, meaning the Millers remain in the bottom three but have games in hand.

No team has played less games than their 32 and if they win their extra games they will climb above a host of teams.

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Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has told his players to stay away from looking at the league table

Being in such a position brings pressure, but Warne says he is getting his side to focus on performances.

“The psychology at the moment is trying to get the lads not to be obsessed with the league table and just focus on performances,” he told the Star.

“If we can keep our performances then we might be able to accumulate enough points to have a season we can be really proud of.

“The table is all over the place at the minute so it is just about driving performances.

“The frustrating thing about having games called off is that if you're playing well you want to play, if you're not playing well you want a break.

“Hopefully we can have some good performances between now and the international break.”

Meanwhile, Birmingham boss Aitor Karanka has called foul on the Millers' second Covid outbreak.

He says the Millers can gain an advantage by playing games later in the season.

“They are going to play the games maybe when the other teams know their positions and it isn’t going to be the same,” the Spaniard said.

“They are going to play the games when they are rested, they are going to play against Brentford when maybe they (Brentford) are in the Premier League or they are already in the play-off positions.

“It is something the EFL need to check because I don’t think it is normal. It is unfair."