Rotherham United boss Paul Warne pleased with pre-season progress as he sets his Millers victory target

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Rotherham boss Paul Warne has been pleased with the progress his side have been making in pre-season.

The Millers chief saw his team draw a goalless blank against Austrian outfit SKU Amstetten on Tuesday, but was impressed with the way his players stood up to a tough physical challenge on their overseas training camp.

“We had the game on Tuesday and we weren't at our flowing best, but physically it was a good run out for the lads,” Warne said.

“We're obviously training really hard, but we weren't as sharp with the ball as we'd have liked.

“We’re a couple of days behind where we were this time last year, so we're looking forward to the next game on Saturday.”

The Millers beat Parkgate 3-1 in their opening pre-season clash, but couldn’t find the back of the net in midweek.

Warne is hungry to win every match and breed a winning mentality into this players before they start their new Championship season on Saturday August 4, away to Brentford at Griffin Park.

“I don't completely agree that results are irrelevant in pre-season because we set out to win every game,” Warne added.

“The Austrian team got banks behind the ball when we had it and it was hard to break down.

“But we're not as match sharp as they are, so I knew it was always going to be a tough game and that's what we wanted it for.

“A lot of the players got 60 minutes and the other got 30, so there are a lot of positives to take in that we're just getting the competition back into them.

“The physicality of it was brilliant but I still like to win football matches.

“We didn't create enough, which is disappointing, but we know that. We know we're not sharp enough with the ball yet and I'm sure we'll rectify that in time for Saturday.

“They trained hard on Monday which brought a bit of fatigue, but they were back on the training ground and working hard again.

“At this stage it's just about getting the fundamentals in their game.”

Meanwhile, the Millers have been linked with a move for Oxford United defender Ricardinho.

Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City are also rumoured to be interested in signing the 33-year-old Brazilian wing-back who was voted the U's Player's Player of the Year last season.

Millwall have slammed the "illogical decision" by South Yorkshire Police to move their original trip to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday August 25 (3pm) to a 12.30pm kick off the following day.

The last time Millwall visited Rotherham there were unsavoury scenes as Lions fans tried to invade home sections of the stadium and rioted with police after watching their team defeated in February 2015.