Rotherham United: Millers legend praised for squad fitness

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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has praised the role of club legend Paul Warne for the standard of fitness of the squad.

“We are an incredibly fit side and everyone works so hard on that side of things to ensure we are,” said Evans.

“Paul Warne has done a fantastic job in that respect and, last Summer, we pushed on when we thought we’d reached a limit.

“When we signed Nicky Adams, he thought he was fit. But then he got to work here and we showed him what real fitness was. Now, after a month or so he’s finally pushed on into the team.

“Paul and physio Denis Circuit do a great job ensuring the fitness and welfare of the players and the whole of the staff have been brilliant. Look at the job Andy Dibble is doing as goalkeeping coach.

“The boys take great pride in how fit they are and we’ve seen that in the past two games and the number of late goals we’ve got just don’t happen without reason.”

Evans reckoned that two more wins would confirm a Play-off place but warned of a real tough challenge from Bristol City today.

“Steve Cotterill has turned them round as I expected,” said Evans. “They are a big club who will be a force next season.

“Our fans were fantastic again on Tuesday and we’ll need that support, and maybe patience as well, today.”