MIDFIELD schemer Danny Harrison admits automatic promotion now looks beyond Rotherham United.
The Millers have slipped to 10th in League Two following three defeats in four matches. They are seven points adrift of third-placed Shrewsbury Town, who defeated Rotherham 3-1 at Don Valley last week.
Now Harrison has challenged his teammates to record four wins from the remaining six matches to cement their place in the top seven.
“The top three is looking out of our reach,” he said. “It is not mathematically impossible with the league being as tight as it is and the position we are in but we realise it is going to be tough.
“With six games left, we are thinking that we need to win four matches to end up in the play-offs. We need to take care, of our results and get points on the board ourselves and not worry about what other teams are doing.”
Harrison, restored to the starting line-up at Lincoln City, was handed the captain’s armband at home to Shrewsbury.
He said it was a “big honour” to skipper the side in the absence of Ryan Cresswell and Nick Fenton.
Harrison, along with the other senior figures of the Millers squad, held a team meeting with caretaker-manager Andy Liddell and assistant Paul Warne on Monday in the aftermath of the dismal showing against Morecambe.
“The experienced players have spoken with Andy and we had another meeting with the rest of the squad on Monday as we know it was not good enough against Morecambe,” said Harrison. “It was miles below par and Andy said to us afterwards that he is not going to accept a performance like that again.
“Morecambe didn’t actually contribute that much to the game. They didn’t have a great deal of possession or pass it much.
“It was a strange second half. It was like an end of the season game.”
However, Harrison believes Rotherham can turn around their fortunes by playing at a higher tempo.
He said: “The training sessions have been intense since Morecambe.
“The lads have responded well to it so hopefully we can get the four wins that will put us there or thereabouts for the play-offs.”
n Goalie Andy Warrington will be absent on Saturday with a foot injury.