Rotherham United's players must stay focused during 'crippling' run of fixtures, says Matt Hamshaw

Rotherham know they are not allowed a free ride in the Championship, according to first-team coach Matt Hamshaw.

Monday, 14th December 2020, 2:22 pm

The Millers produced a timely 2-0 win over Bristol City on Saturday to ease the pressure on boss Paul Warne, who accepted his job was under threat.

Warne's side had lost seven of their previous nine games before the weekend and another relegation battle looks on the cards.

Warne has never had an issue managing in League One, winning two promotions, but he has found keeping the Millers in the Championship a much sterner task.

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Rotherham United manager Paul Warne, left, alongside first team coach Matt Hamshaw. Photo: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Hamshaw, who was deputising for Warne on media duty at the weekend, praised the job his boss has done, but knows the club eventually have to start delivering at this level.

“Everyone is in it together. Anyone who knows us as a club, everyone is in it together, from top to bottom,” he said.

“Everybody is just united to one thing, when we came into this football club that wasn't the case. “It was fractured and the manager has done that, he has brought everyone together, he has brought the fans together, we have had huge success in League One.

“People say you have to do it in the Championship and I agree, we are not naïve, we are not stupid, we know, it is results based.

“We got one at the weekend but we are not going to be doing back flips and somersaults because we focus on Wednesday.”

The Millers travel to Blackburn in midweek, hoping for their second away win of the campaign after a run of disappointing defeats.

Warne made three changes to his side at the weekend, amid a “crippling” run of fixtures.

“It is just to freshen up,” Hamshaw explained. “Every club understands that this run of games is crippling, both physically and mentally and I just think we felt that we needed a refresh and you saw the three changes came in and made an impact and the subs came on and made an impact and that's all you can ask.

“You can't keep everyone happy, we just felt we needed to freshen it slightly. As we did against Preston and got a result and that is something I felt we have definitely learned from last time we were in this league, some people agree or disagree that we need a settled team but we see them every day in training, we see when they are fatigued.”

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