Time running out for Millers

Barking out orders: Rotherham boss Andy Scott.   Picture: Dean Atkins
Barking out orders: Rotherham boss Andy Scott. Picture: Dean Atkins
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NO doubt Rotherham United followers didn’t know whether to laugh or cry as they digested the results from League Two at Saturday tea-time.

In the hours before, they were still feeling sick over their team’s failure to hang on to all three points at struggling Northampton on Good Friday - two precious points lost deep into stoppage time by the home side’s equaliser.

Working out on Saturday morning how much better it would have been whilst studying the afternoon’s fixtures and reckoning Gillingham (home to Barnet), Accrington Stanley (home to Bradford City) and Port Vale (home to Stockport) were all bankers, would not have helped the mood at all

Then, after Accrington’s result showed they had maintained their remarkable run that makes them not just a Play-off contender but, astonishingly, an automatic promotion candidate now, came the absolutely stunning results that put something of a smile back on Millers faces.

Gillingham - invincible at home in recent times - lost their 16 match unbeaten run to second-bottom Barnet at Priestfield Stadium, and 4-2 at that.

Then came Port Vale’s home defeat to rock-bottom Stockport. With Stevenage having lost at Southend on Friday, whilst Torquay finished goalless at home to Wycombe, it emphasised once again how unpredictable things become as the season draws to a close.

Millers boss Andy Scott drove down to Gillingham to check on the side who will be visiting the Don Valley Stadium this afternoon.

He could never have imagined such a result although he did say after the Northampton game that anything can happen in football.

Well, they did and instead of being nearly out of it, the Millers can be considered back in the mix.

With Rotherham facing the Gills and Stevenage at home to Port Vale, whilst Accrington go to Shrewsbury, it could well be a pivotal day.

One thing is certain - the Millers have to end their current run of five home games without a win. If they extend it to seven, even with two draws, in their final home fixtures (and win the final away game at Aldershot next Saturday), then the Plays-offs would not be achievable. It’s a must win scenario.

Quite simply Rotherham and Gillingham are in a shoot-out this afternoon. A draw would suit the Kent side more but such a result could leave them both adrift.

Gillingham won 3-1 at Priestfield in early February when the pacy Cody McDonald, on loan from Norwich, scored twice and proved too much for the Millers with the burly Ady Akinfenwa the perfect foil.