Skipper Kirk Broadfoot has set the target he believes Rotherham United need to hit to pull off their Championship great escape.
The Millers’ survival prospects under new manager Neil Warnock have been transformed as they have won four and drawn one of their last five games.
That run has taken them out of the drop zone, on to 39 points, and Broadfoot reckons 11 points from their final eight matches will be more than enough to keep them up.
“We know what we have to do between now and the end of the season,” said the centre-half and captain. “We’ve got to try to get to that 50-point mark.
“They say that that more or less guarantees safety.”
After being given a few days off, Warnock’s squad were back in training yesterday under coach Kevin Blackwell and return to action on Saturday at home to Leeds United, managed by former Rotherham boss Steve Evans.
Victories over Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough and Ipswich and a draw with Derby have seen the Millers, once six points adrift of safety, leapfrog MK Dons and Fulham to climb to 20th place and their fate is now in their own hands.
They follow up the AESSEAL New York Stadium clash against Leeds, which sees Evans back at Rotherham for the first time since his September exit, with trips to survival rivals MK and Bristol City.
“We’ve just got to go into each game without worrying about anyone else,” Broadfoot said. “If we can get to the 50-point mark, that’s the job probably done.”
Rotherham are hoping striker Danny Ward and left winger Jerome Thomas, who missed the last match - the 1-0 triumph at Ipswich on March 19 - with a back spasm and leg injury respectively, will be available to face Evans’ side.
Ward and fellow frontman Leon Best have been key figures in the Millers’ revival, and Broadfoot has tipped them to keep troubling the opposition while he and his fellow defenders, who haven’t conceded goals in three of the last five matches, do their job at the back.
“If we can keep it tight, keep a clean sheet, it keeps us in the game,” the 31-year-old said. “And we have people who can hurt teams.”