Why Paul Warne made so many changes for Rotherham’s final friendly

Rotherham boss Paul Warne made eight changes for his side’s final pre-season friendly in order to give everyone a chance of winning a shirt in next week’s Championship opener.

The Millers closed their preparations for the new campaign with a 2-1 defeat to League Two Mansfield, with Warne making eight changes from the side that beat Premier League newboys Cardiff in midweek.

Only Matt Palmer, Will Vaulks and Michael Smith were retained in the starting XI as Warne wanted to give players the opportunity to impress ahead of the visit to Brentford next Saturday.

“I made a lot of changes today and gave the lads who didn’t start the other night a chance to try and grab a shirt off some of the others,” Warne said.

“We made changes to give everyone a fair chance of winning a shirt for Brentford. A lot of people can come out with a lot of credit.

“They will have a day off and then come back for the big week on Monday.”

The Millers saw their unbeaten run in friendlies end at Field Mill as they went down to goals from Craig Davies and Tyler Walker were enough for the Stags, with Sean Raggett netting for Warne’s side.

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