Rotherham United: Warne know why all eyes will be on giant killers Solihull Moors

Rotherham boss Paul Warne knows the television cameras are attending their FA Cup game at Solihull Moors because they want to see an upset.

Sunday, 1st December 2019, 4:48 pm
Millers manager Paul Warne is happy with the distraction cup games provide from the grind of league football.

The Millers have been handed non-league opposition for the second successive round after coming through against Maidenhead in last month’s first round.

This will be a tougher test, though, against Tim Flowers’ side who are second in the National League at the halfway point.

The TV bigwigs have highlighted this as a possible shock and picked it for coverage on BT Sport.

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And Warne knows it is not because of any real interest in them.

“I understand the TV are going because they love a romantic tale,” Warne said.

“But I genuinely believe we have to be at our best to win and I expect nothing else. If we play at our best and have some luck, we should definitely go through.

“They are used to winning games, they are set up like a professional club, they are winning games, they have got a really effective way of setting up.

“I didn’t under-estimate Maidenhead, but this will be a tougher task.”

Even though the Millers, going for promotion in League One, are 45 places above The Moors, Warne does not see think it would be a major upset if the non-league side won.

“I am going to have to go with the strongest team, they are second in the Conference, playing really well, they have won nine games at home,” he said.

“The team they put out last week had 10 ex-pros in. I don’t regard this as a romantic David v Goliath, I don’t see it like that at all.

“I am not saying we are the underdogs, but we will have to play at our best to win. I want to win so I am going to have to go as strong as a possibly can.”

With the League One treadmill in full swing, Warne thinks turning attention elsewhere for a week could be beneficial.

“A cup competition is always OK to take your eyes off the league, it is incessant, it feels like you playing every two days,” he said.