TOP scorer Lewis Grabban needs three goals from Rotherham United’s final two games to equal the tally acquired last season of Millers scoring legend Adam Le Fondre.
Grabban’s two goals last Saturday in the 3-2 victory over Morecambe, including his magnificent stoppage time winner, took his total to 21 leaving him just short of Le Fondre’s 24.
If he could match the Le Fondre feat of this weekend exactly a year ago then the Millers certainly would be delighted. Le Fondre scored twice at Aldershot which is where the Millers will be tomorrow for their final away game as it was last season.
On that occasion it ended 2-2 and a draw tomorrow will officially and mathematically end any further mention of the Play-offs.
With the side five points off and only two games left, manager Steve Evans doesn’t consider a top seven finish realistic anyway only in terms of mathematics.
“I think Crewe will get something at Torquay anyway but there are two others (Oxford and Gillingham) above us as well so it’s not just about us but about others as well,” said Evans.
“We want to go to Aldershot and win, regardless, and if it so happens that we can take things into our last match then so much the better.
“It was great to win last Saturday and certainly put the block on any talk about the new manager still waiting for his first win.
“What I want the players to show is that they can win continuously and to produce the effort we had in the last away game at Shrewsbury whilst showing their ability.”
Defeat tomorrow would mean Rotherham dropping down to 11th because Aldershot are only a point behind them.
“They will be organised and efficient and they are in good form right now,” said Evans noting last week’s 4-0 win at Burton which had followed a 2-1 home win over leaders Swindon on a night when Paolo Di Canio’s side could have gained promotion.
“They are a really difficult side at home but we will have to set our stall out but if we can have as much of the ball as against Shrewsbury and Morecambe then that will be fine.”
Evans is committed into making at least one change because of the one-match ban for central defender Ryan Cresswell after last Saturday’s sending off.
With Michael Raynes still out, the choice is between Marek Bradley and Richard Naylor.
The experienced Naylor returned to action this week after being out two months with knee trouble. He played centre defence in the 2-0 win over Notts County in a friendly at the training ground.
Defender Troy Brown, who is on loan from Rotherham at Aldershot, is not allowed to play tomorrow.