Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne told Radio Sheffield that he knows the team will have to hit the ground running next season.
‘We have to go into the Championship with confidence,’ the Millers Boss said. ‘We have to be confident at home, take it to teams.
‘I’m well aware that we might need to play against certain teams differently but I think we’ve changed our tactics this year for different games.
‘I’m not saying we will always play four-four-two but it wouldn’t surprise me for the first game of the season if I don’t have (Michael) Smith and (Jamie) Proctor or whoever up front. I think the fans enjoy watching us play that way and get behind the team but there will be times when we have to play differently.
‘The idea is that we start the season with a real smile on our faces and a real belief that, collectively, we can cause problems to teams. The standard in the Championship is very high but I still think we can compete.’
I think most of the time Warney has got it right this season – well you don’t finish fourth and not have got it right really do you. I know I’ve said it before (lots of times) that I’d always play two up front, especially at home. But it has to be the right two. David Ball and Smith played well together on Sunday and I’m quite sure in my own mind that Proctor would play well beside either of the two.
I also think two up front gets the opposition thinking with it looking like the team playing the two up are going for it from the off.
But, I do, of course, see where the Millers have played well with just one up front and I would never dismiss it out of all context. I do recall on a couple, well probably more, that the one up front put the ball into the area and there was nobody to collect. Which often was a shame as some of the football leading up to that move had been spot-on.
So, one up front? Two up front? What would you prefer?