Rotherham United players deserve to keep place for visit of Stoke City after display against Nottingham Forest, says Paul Warne 

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne
Rotherham United manager Paul Warne

Rotherham manager Paul Warne will be expecting a knock at his door if any of his players do not retain their place in the side after last week's visit to Nottingham Forest.

The Millers went toe-to-toe with their hosts at the City Ground and came within four minutes of earning their first away point of the season.

Warne spoke highly of his side's performance after the game and knows it will be difficult to change the team when Stoke visit the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday for the televised tea-time game.

“If you just go on results you might think we have to make three or four changes but that isn't the case,” Warne said. “They keep the shirts if they perform to a level and if I was one of the 11 that played at Forest and I didn't play this week I would be hugely disappointed.

“I will have a look at the opposition and try and pick the team to win the game.”

Warne has plenty of options should he decide to change things as competition in the squad is high.

“There is competition all over the place, I would like to put more subs on if I could,” the boss admitted.

“My wingers are desperate to get on, I have got Joe Newell to come back.

“There is competition all over the team and I have got full trust and respect and love for my team. “Everyone will play a part. There is competition for places.”

One of those players who would be unlucky to be dropped is midfielder Ryan Manning.

The QPR loanee has impressed since joining the club in August and scored the winning goal against Derby in the Millers' last home game.

With a return to their own patch against the Potters this weekend, the Irishman believes if they can take another sizeable scalp it will further their belief that they belong in the Championship.

He said: “The Championship is full of big names and clubs who you would say should be Premier League ones.

“For us to be playing massive clubs and getting results like against the likes Derby can only build confidence and get the squad believing that we can more than compete in this division.

“Wins like the one Derby are priceless in terms of camaraderie in the group and confidence.”