Paul Warne says that Rotherham’s game with Ipswich is not a cup final

Rotherham boss Paul Warne insists Saturday’s clash with Ipswich is not a cup final.

The Millers are keen to put some early points on the board after last week’s Championship opener ended in a 5-1 whipping at Brentford last week – a game that brought painful memories of the 2016-17 campaign back.

The match against the Tractor Boys, now managed by Paul Hurst, is a good opportunity for to open their account against a team that is predicted to struggle this year.

But Warne reckons the game is not a must-win.

“We are not the only team n the league who have lost a game” he said. “I appreciate it wasn’t just a defeat it was a comprehensive defeat, but there are going to be times this season when Rotherham lose football matches.

“We might lose the first three and then go on a good run. I don’t want to build this Saturday up to a cup final, there will be plenty of teams who lose the first few games.

“I am not that concerned. If the performance is there and the result isn’t there then they have done their bit, you don’t always get what you deserve.”

The game give the Millers another reunion with Hurst, who played 494 times for the club between 1993 and 2007.

Hurst thinks his former club are better equipped to make a fist of their time in this division than two years ago.

He said: “Warney has another crack at the Championship. This time they will have a lot better chance of doing well there, last time it was a very difficult job that he inherited and he deserves a lot of credit for sticking with the job and getting the club back into the Championship.

“They will be fully committed, we have got to be ready for that, he will be looking for a reaction to last week and it’s their first home game so we have to be on our guard.”

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