Millers turn up the heat in bid to make top three

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THE promotion race at the top of League two isn’t just hotting up - it already looks to be boiling!

Rotherham United’s clash at home to Shrewsbury Town tonight involves two of what can be termed 11 contenders still genuinely in the promotion scrap although a couple of those might only be up for the play-offs.

Despite winning 6-0 away from home at Lincoln on Friday, the Millers found themselves back in the same place - eighth - as when they trotted out at Sincil Bank.

Shrewsbury were one of two sides who came from behind to win, doing so at Bradford, whilst Gillingham were trailing at Cheltenham on Sunday with only five minutes left and then scored twice to win.

From Bury in third to Rotherham in eighth, just three points cover those six clubs.

Graham Turner’s side arrive at the Don Valley Stadium tonight knowing that a win jumps them above Bury and into the automatic promotion places.

Rotherham know that a win for them would put them level with Bury but in fourth place on goal difference.

No wonder the rest are on their knees praying for a draw! That would put Rotherham sixth and Shrewsbury fourth.

Millers caretaker-manager Andy Liddell and assistant Paul Warne watched Shrewsbury’s 2-1 win at Bradford City thanks to two late goals from sub Tom Bradshaw, a Wales Under 19 striker.

Another youngster, wide player Jon Taylor, caught the eye as he has done in recent months after earning his chance and showing the sort of pace that is attracting attention higher up.

At the back is Ian Sharps who moved on after four years with the Millers amidst some of the club’s most traumatic times in their history. Millers followers will know what to expect. “They’re hard working, organised, with some decent players and a very good manager [Graham Turner] whose done over 1,000 games which is certainly a few more than we have,” chuckled Liddell.

“But we’re going to be working hard as well and if people say it’s a tough game for us then it’s going to be a tough game for them as well. It’s certainly a massive game.

There’s a late check on Nick Fenton, thigh. who was replaced at half-time on Friday.