Rotherham United: Millers boss flags up big occasion

Daniel Nardiello fires for goal
Daniel Nardiello fires for goal
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It’s a pretty simple equation. Win the last three games and Rotherham United are promoted.

But in the complicated world of League Two, where results go upside down every week, is anything really as straightforward as that?

What’s more, there may be those who’ll say that tonight’s opponents, Bradford City, actually hold the destiny in their hands of who’ll be going up.

That’s because they can hinder - or help - the automatic promotion chances of Rotherham or Burton or Cheltenham because they have to play all of them in their final three games.

It means Bradford go into tonight’s game at a noisy Valley Parade - probably in front of the division’s biggest crowd all season - still with a chance of making the top three themselves. That’s because of those teams they have to play.

However, should tonight end in a draw then Bradford couldn’t go up automatically.

There is also Northampton, in fifth place, to factor into things because they play at Wycombe tonight.

“There is so much that can still happen and the best about it is that no one really knows or can predict - who would have thought Northampton would lose at home to York on Saturday?,” said Millers boss Steve Evans.

“We know this is a big game and it’s the sort that big players love and we have big players here.”

Whether one of those big players, Daniel Nardiello, figures remains to be seen.

Although the blow to his leg - sustained in the act of scoring his 20th of the season on Saturday - is not as bad as first seemed, Evans regarded him as 50/50 yesterday.

“He’ll have to be 100 per cent and, even then, he might not play,” said the Millers manager.

Evans may well recall Claude Davis in centre defence. He didn’t do so on Saturday so as not to run the risk of a booking which would have seen a two game ban. The disciplinary deadline for a suspension for ten bookings has now gone so Davis looks likely to come back in which would release Kari Arnason for a midfield spot.

After a results dip when distracted by their Carling Cup run to Wembley, Bradford have hit form again recently.

Rotherham would go third, above Burton, if they win. With a point they go above Cheltenham to fourth unless Northampton win by four clear goals at Wycombe.