Boss Steve Evans heads into Rotherham United’s survival showdown against Wigan Athletic on Saturday admitting it is a “huge game”.
The Millers are nine points clear of the Latics, who occupy the final Championship relegation spot, and know victory at AESSEAL New York Stadium would be a giant stride towards Championship safety.
Wigan were a top-flight club last season but have struggled all season in the second tier.
“It’s a huge game against a Wigan side that is full of talented players,” Evans said.
“I think eight or nine of those who will start will have played in the Premier League last season.”
Rotherham have won two of their last three matches to move away from the drop zone, and Evans added: “We have to focus on ourselves, take one game at a time, and what we do know is that every single point we gain, every three points we gain, will make a massive difference to us staying up.
“But you know and I know that if we get beat there will be people out there saying ‘That’s it, they’re closing the gap, here Wigan come’.”
The Millers manager has welcome selection posers, with centre-half and skipper Craig Morgan and midfield man Paul Green likely to be available after injury.
Teenage centre-half Farrend Rawson, signed on loan from Derby County, starred on his debut in the 2-0 victory at Huddersfield Town last week, while Kari Arnason stepped out of central defence into midfield and did so well Evans could consider using him there again.
Meanwhile, right-back Jack Hunt believes Rotherham’s home form holds the key to staying up.
“We’ve got a few more games at home which you’d like to think are winnable,” he said.
”The 24-year-old defender, on loan from Crystal Palace, was as impressed as everyone else with the debut of Rams youngster Rawson.
“He’s a young lad and I’ve got a bit of experience so I tried using that to help him through the game,” he revealed. “I thought he really shone in the second half. It was a brilliant debut from him.”