Rotherham United: Warnock targets new Millers record

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Proud boss Neil Warnock is calling on Rotherham United to set a new 35-year high as they look to mathematically seal their Championship safety.

The Millers, who haven’t lost for two months, will guarantee survival if they avoid defeat at Wolves on Saturday.

In doing so, they would stretch their unbeaten run to 11 games, beating the 10-match sequence achieved in the second tier way back in 1981.

“We have equalled a record, 10 games unbeaten in the Championship, going back to Emlyn Hughes’ days,” said Warnock in the aftermath of Tuesday’s 1-1 home draw with Huddersfield Town. “It’s a fabulous achievement, but I want to beat that now at Wolves. It’s a nice stadium, Wolves, I enjoy going down there.”

Six wins and four draws have seen Rotherham, once cut six points adrift in the drop zone, move nine points clear of the relegation places with only three matches left to play.

Warnock has performed a minor miracle since joining the club on a short-term deal in February, but is quick to hand the plaudits to his players.

“I have nothing but praise for them,” he said. “It shows what you can do with a good group of lads who want to do it well.

“The fans should be really proud of the lads, because they have really put shifts in. You forget just what these lads have put in in the last few weeks.

“It’s an incredible feat really. Nine points in front and a good goal difference with three games to go? If you’d have told me that when I took over, I would have kissed you.

“All credit to the staff and the chairman. He has let me win at golf a few times each week to keep my spirits up, and that’s how it should be.”

The Millers weren’t at their best against the Terriers and had to dig in earn a point, with centre-half Richard Wood a defiant figure at the heart of the defence.

“Richard Wood was outstanding, he held us together at the back,” Warnock said. “I was pleased with him. He did very well, to say he is a Wednesdayite.

“We changed a few things around at half-time and didn’t give them as much freedom. We were chasing shadows at times in the first half. In the second, I thought we were a lot tighter.”

Twentieth-placed Rotherham are one of five teams on 48 points, and MK Dons, in the third and final relegation spot with 39 points, have to win at home to Brentford on Saturday to retain a chance, which is virtually non-existent anyway, of catching any of those clubs.

The only change Warnock made to his starting line-up on Tuesday saw Danny Ward start up front in place of Leon Best, and the manager reckons he’ll stick with a tried-and-tested formula between now and the end of the season.

“Freshen things up? Who with?” he asked. “I don’t envisage too many changes with three games to go, I think the players have earned the chance.”

He also plans a novel approach as the Millers stand on the brink of that new record.

“It’s important now to have a breather and a rest,” he said. “There’ll be no training, We will probably have an egg and sherry on Friday, like I used to in the olden days. It’s not about training now, it’s in the mind.”

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