Rotherham United boss gets a good handle on how well his team is shaping up

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Rotherham United drew a goalless blank in their second pre-season friendly today.

The Millers failed to score in a 0-0 stalemate against SKU Amstetten at their Austrian training base in Lindabrunn Sportschule.

But manager Paul Warne was able to get a good handle on how his players are progressing ahead of the start of their first season back in the Championship.

Warne made 11 substitutions on the hour mark to make sure he cast his eye over the majority of his squad in the club’s second outing since beating Parkgate 3-1 on Saturday.

The Millers starting line up was (1st half): Price; Vyner, Ajayi, Wood, Mattock; Forde, Wiles, Palmer, Williams, Smith, Yates; followed by a changes on 60 mins and a team of Bilboe; Hinds, Do Ball, Robertson, Purrington; Taylor, Vaulks, McGinley, Newell; Vassell, Da Ball.

Meanwhile, Millers defender Joe Mattock has joked the players will let Warne lead them up the Austrian hills to avoid further punishment.

Warne laid down the gauntlet to his players in the build-up to their pre-season tour, challenging them to keep up with him on the tough hill climb runs.

The gaffer insists bonds are formed as the players struggle up the intense climbs.

And Mattock exclusively told The Star: “With his background as a fitness coach he’s got free roam to put us through as much pain as possible because he knows how to push us to our limits.

“He enjoys that [running], the lads don’t enjoy it as much but it’s all for a good cause.

“We start at about seven o’clock in the morning we go on our first run which is about three kilometers. The hotel’s at the top of quite a big hill and we finish it by sprinting back to the hotel.

“We try and beat the gaffer, we say try and beat the gaffer, we let the gaffer stay ahead of us because if we overtake him he might punish us a bit more.

“After that we have breakfast, then a morning session which is football based for about two hours before lunch.

“We then go into our main session which, depending on how the lads are feeling, is running. It’s tough, it’s really tough.

“If we don’t moan about it too much we get a treat, the gaffer might give us an afternoon off towards the end of the week.”