Rotherham United heading into massive fixture nightmare after another match is called off

Rotherham are walking a fixture tightrope after Tuesday's trip to Luton was their seventh game to be called off this season.

By Jonathan Veal
Sunday, 7th March 2021, 10:40 am

The Millers are encountering their second coronavirus outbreak and the Kenilworth Road match follows Saturday's clash with Brentford in being called off.

Several players and staff have been struck down with the virus and the club's training ground remains closed.

Paul Warne s side saw two games called off before Christmas following a first outbreak of Covid-19 while three games were postponed due to inclement weather.

That means they have no more wriggle room in a calendar is that is precariously full.

With 14 games still left to play in less than eight weeks, the rearrangement of the Luton fixture now means there are no free midweeks available.

Therefore, if any more games are lost to Covid or bad weather, they now face the prospect of playing Tuesday, Thursday and at the weekend.

And, with a small squad and playing catch-up in a relegation battle, that is something boss Warne is keen to avoid.

He is championing the idea of extending the season, but knows it will take bigger clubs to suffer before that happens.

Warne told the Star before the latest round of postponements: “I have said that I thought there should have been an extra month added to the season to allow for these situation.

“What is going to happen if we have another game called off, we might end up playing Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, which is nigh-on impossible.

“It used to be possible in the non-league days, when it was light you could play at 6pm on a Thursday night, I used to love that, but physically it is impossible.

“I don't know how the top teams have been doing it, I would like to think a bit of common sense would come in, but at the minute it is not a disadvantage to enough teams for it to be an issue, that's the truth.

“If there were 16 teams who had to get in all these extra games there would be a weight of managers asked about it.

“At the moment it is only probably in my direction.”