Millers still in hunt

Away the lad: Andy Scott.
Away the lad: Andy Scott.
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THERE are really no half-measures now for Rotherham United. They go into their Easter games knowing they have to win them both if they are to stay in the League Two Play-off hunt.

Yes, they might still be in the mix somehow with, say, four points from six, but no one seriously reckons those above are going to oblige by all losing.

So, the Millers go to Northampton tonight for Andy Scott’s first away game with a win a priority.

They come up against a side who need the points for an entirely different reason because the Cobblers now find themselves third bottom, just three points above the drop zone. That’s down to a run of 16 games without a win although they have drawn 10 of those 16. They haven’t won any of their last eight home games having lost four and drawn four.

It had all added up to a surprisingly poor start for the former Bristol City, Peterborough and Yeovil manager Gary Johnson who is still waiting for his first win after being in charge for the last nine of those 16.

He has cranked it up this week saying it is a game they need to win but that it is more than just a game for the Cobblers, it’s an event, and he has asked every fan to wear claret and white.

So, rather than find a team struggling, new Millers boss Scott might find the strugglers up for the fight. Certainly they were unfortunate at Wycombe last week, holding a two goal lead before being pegged back for a draw.

Their last win was on February 1, 6-2 at home to Crewe and at that stage they were 13th and nine points clear of the relegation places.

Millers fans will note that in midfield they have Josh Walker who had a spell on loan at Rotherham from Middlesbrough last season.

They will hardly need reminding either about the qualities of striker Shaun Harrad.

Earlier this season, when at Burton, he scored a hat-trick at Don Valley as Burton came from 3-0 down and he looked an outstanding player that day.

In fact, Rotherham were reportedly interested in him when he moved on from Burton but Northampton won that one.

Rotherham, with only one win in their last 10 games, could have striker Ian Thomas-Moore available, he has trained this week whilst goalkeeper Andy Warrington may be able to have some involvement. Other Play-off rivals in action today are Stevenage at Southend and Torquay at home to Wycombe. Tomorrow, Accrington Stanley are at home to Bradford City, Gillingham are at home to Barnet and Port Vale have Stockport as visitors.