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MALKY MACKAY’S ROTHERHAM PREVIEW

13 March 2015

Malky looks ahead to Millers clash, as over 1,000 set to travel to South Yorkshire.

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Speaking at Latics’ Christopher Park Training Ground on Friday morning, Malky Mackay looked ahead to the Sky Bet Championship clash away to Rotherham United, talking: Harry Maguire, Kim Bo-Kyung, team news, away support and much more.

Read what he had to say below:

MALKY ON HARRY MAGUIRE



“We’re delighted to have extended Harry’s loan until the end of the season; he’s a young player who needed football so he came here and he’s done really well for us, he’s stepped up to the plate in terms of Championship football.

“Both myself and Steve Bruce at Hull City think it is right for him to continue his education here.

“We’re in constant touch with Hull and we’ve done everything that’s required to help him.

“It was something we looked at when we lost Liam Ridgewell because I felt we needed to get two centre backs in.

“We fortunately were able to get Jason Pearce in and he’s been terrific since he’s arrived at the club.

“Partnerships are important so with Jason and then Leon Barnett as well, who is a terrific defender with a great attitude, Harry has come in and formed that partnership with Jason and for a football club, that works well if your centre backs do look as if they know each other’s game really well and I think they’ve looked like that.”

MALKY ON ROTHERHAM UNITED

“We need to be solid, we want to stop the opposition getting any goals, never mind early goals and it’s important we get on the front foot on Saturday and solidify the performance and then grow into the game.

“Obviously if we can score early then we can defend that lead and that’s why it’s important we start well on Saturday.

“When a team is at home, the emphasis is on them to come at us, I also think we’ve played on better pitches away from home, with all due respect to our pitch it doesn’t do well for players like Jermaine Pennant, Kim Bo-Kyung and Sheyi Ojo who are trying to play football but that’s something that we’re addressing and something we have to get on with.”

MALKY ON KIM BO IMPACT



“We’re lucky to actually have Kim Bo here given the quality of the footballer and the options that he had when he left Cardiff City, especially financially.

“He’s showed great faith in me and I know the player inside out because I watched him for South Korea, I watched him for Cerezo Osaka and I had him up close and personal at Cardiff so I know his strengths.

“I knew when he got comfortable with the surroundings and got match fit, he could bring his strengths and that’s showing because he’s taken a few games by the scruff of the neck and shown what a class act he is.”

MALKY ON AWAY SUPPORT



“It’s terrific we’re taking over a 1,000 to Rotherham and our band of away supporters has been fantastic.  We’ve shown them a number of reasonable performances and won our last three games on the road.

“It’s a pretty small ground at Rotherham, the atmosphere should be good, and players should want to play in atmospheres like that.

“The supporters sang for 90 minutes at Blackpool last month and it really was great to hear, I imagine they’ll create a similar atmosphere at Rotherham and we want to deliver for them again.”

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