Rotherham United: Millers boss Warne hands out double punishment to Mattock

Joe Mattock is sent off
Joe Mattock is sent off

Red-card culprit Joe Mattock is being hit in the pocket after earning himself a suspension for Saturday’s FA Cup clash at Crewe Alexandra.

The left-back will sit out the first-round tie following his late dismissal in last week’s 3-1 League One defeat against Gillingham.

Manager Paul Warne, who revealed he will make changes for the showdown against League Two opposition, confirmed that the 27-year-old is being fined and also pledged to make him pay an even heavier price in training.

Mattock received his matching orders for two yellows cards after scything down a Gills player and then pushing an opponent in the ensuing melee.

“He’s got the joy of having me ‘running him’ to look forward to over the next couple of weeks as a punishment and he’ll also, obviously, get a financial punishment,” Warne said.

“I’ve watched it back. It wasn’t as severe as I thought it was at the time, but a player of his experience should just walk away.”

Lee Frecklington

Lee Frecklington

Captain Lee Frecklington has stepped up his comeback from a back injury but the game at Gresty Road will come too soon for the midfield man.

“Frecks is running today and will will run tomorrow, then he will join in full squad training next week,” the boss said. “Today is his first day back on the grass. He’s done treadmill work and all his strengthening stuff. He’s symptom-free, which is obviously a good sign.”

Winger Jon Taylor has made two appearances as a substitute since his recovery from a knee problem but is unlikely to be among the fresh blood in the Millers’ starting 11.

“Tayls is probably still a little bit short of match fitness,” Warne said. “Am I tempted to start him? No. He’s champing at the bit but I’m not hugely convinced he’s 100 per cent yet.

“I think I’m going to make a couple of changes. That isn’t any disrespect to Crewe. I’d have made a couple of changes anyway after losing 3-1 at home. There will be a few changes to the team, forced and unforced.”

Academy prospect Akeem Hinds won’t be considered as Mattock’s replacement after injuring himself in Wednesday’s 7-0 FA Youth Cup win over Bottesford Town.

The manager refused to say whether loan duo Kieffer Moore and Richie Towell are eligible to face Crewe, managed by Rotherham old boy David Artell, preferring to keep the Cheshire outfit guessing.

The tie is Warne’s 50th match in charge of the Millers and the former player recalled his most memorable FA Cup experience in a Rotherham shirt - the 2001 third-round defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.

The Millers lost 3-0 after holding a side containing Michael Owen, Emile Heskey and Jamie Carragher 0-0 at the break.

“My favourite memory is the Liverpool one because my ability never really deserved to grace Anfield,” he said.

“It wasn’t a boyhood dream to play at Anfield but it was a boyhood dream to play against Liverpool, so to stand in the tunnel and see the likes of Carragher, Heskey and Owen was something to behold and a bit surreal.

“We took a good crowd and I remember Scotty (Rob Scott) hitting the crossbar, and it was the right crossbar. It was a good day. Although we lost, we had a good go, but their quality told in the end.”