Rotherham United: Maximum points a must for Millers

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THE teams chasing promotion from League Two are having their blips and, in some cases, much worse, but Rotherham United know that they need nothing less than six points from their two home games this week.

Manager Steve Evans is having nothing to do with negativity but the fact is that unless they pick up a maximum haul this week, their hopes of a top three automatic promotion place may ultimately prove little more than that - hope.

They start tonight with Exeter City another side who have suddenly started to feel the pinch and arrive at the New York Stadium having lost their last three including two successive home games.

On Saturday, Fleetwood are the visitors and Millers followers can only wish for maximum points to keep them in with a top three chance - but then they want those above, such as Burton (at home tonight to Wycombe) and Northampton (home to York on Saturday), to falter.

“Anything can happen as we’ve seen but we are going into this game positively, I don’t want any negativity around the place,” said Evans.

“We’re going into our last five games in a situation lots of teams would like to be in.

“People say this is a big game but all the remaining games are big ones and that goes for everyone else. We’ve five games left and all the opponents, at this moment, have something to fight for.”

Evans didn’t indicate he would recall Daniel Nardiello against his former club and he knows there was criticism for leaving out his top scorer at Morecambe.

“I picked a team to play Morecambe and I thought they gave an excellent performance - if you take away the goal, we played some superb football,” he said.

“We played three midfield players and they dominated a team who have dominated teams at the Globe Arena.

“I will pick based on performances. I thought Daniel Nardiello was poor at Cheltenham, poor against Wimbledon and at Gillingham.

“The team against Exeter will be one in which I expect to have players who will run about and work and if, not, then they won’t play.

“The hardest working teams - according to the Pro Zone stats - in the top two divisions, are the teams currently at the top Man United and Cardiff. You can’t have talented players who turn it on when they want to.”

Johnny Mullins has a one game ban so Kari Arnason plays at the back assuming Claude Davis is out. David Noble looks set to return against his former club. Exeter could have top scorer Jamie Cureton back.

If Bradford (who entertain Rotherham next Tuesday), win at home to Bristol Rovers tonight they definitely will be in the final play-off place.