Rotherham United: Millers in need of home comforts

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THE story of how the New York Stadium has transformed Rotherham United, put pride back in the club and the effect it has had on the town in general, has been well documented during this eventful season.

Now, the club’s immediate prospects of maintaining a challenge for a top three place, hinge on what happens in the next two weeks inside the iconic stadium which has earned so much praise from all football followers who have visited it.

So very recently, Rotherham United looked as well placed as anybody - and better than most - to get an automatic spot which has been the goal all season.

The talk was of game/games in hand and where they’d be if they took advantage. Now, they are looking at a five point gap to booming Burton in third albeit from one game less although they won’t get chance to play that ‘catch’up’ game until April 16.

It means that Rotherham cannot afford to fall any further behind and therefore the emphasis is on positive results from their next two outings - and both are at the New York Stadium.

They play another promotion challenger, Exeter City, on Saturday. Exeter arrive with an incredible away record in which they have won 11 on their travels.

Then, the following week, they have a Good Friday afternoon visit from AFC Wimbledon.

The maths are simple. The Millers need to win both or risk being in real danger of being further behind with the games then fast running out.

In recent months the stadium has been a graveyard for the Millers hopes. They have won just two of their six home games this year, losing three. Over the past five months, a faltering home record has pegged them back when they looked set to push on.

A failure to improve on this recent home form would be ironic after the ground had offered them so much hope.