Date: 9th December 2016 at 2:12pm
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Rotherham United’s Caretaker Manager Paul Warne gave Anthony Forde his first start since mid-August last Saturday away at Burton

‘I’d always got him in mind,’ Warney told MillersPlayer , ‘in fact I’d tried to encourage Ken (Kenny Jackett) to play him and I think he was considering it.

‘My job as fitness coach is all about keeping the lads going when they’re out of the team and I’ve always liked him. He’s always in the gym, he trains well and I’ve been saying to him the last few weeks that he deserved to be in the team. So it was a no-brainer for me. He was the best in training and the lads were all talking about him too and they know who’s doing well and who isn’t.#

‘I told him I thought it was fate that I’d took charge and given him the chance and, in fairness, he did better than I gave him credit for so I was well pleased with him. I’m expecting him to play a big part for me.’

Anthony himself told the Official Site that he was delighted to be a chance in the starting eleven saying, ,’I’ve been waiting for my chance for a while and I was delighted to get it on Saturday.

‘Obviously the result wasn’t good but it was good to get back on the pitch and get back to making a difference to the team which I think I can do.

‘Warney has been brilliant. He obviously put me in straight away and told me I deserved it and he’s been saying that for a few weeks He’s positive and energetic around the place and he just gives everyone a lift.’

I thought Forde did OK on Saturday, could never really understand why he wasn’t getting in the first team to be honest and I can’t see Paul Warne not playing him tomorrow against QPR.

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