Six games which could save struggling Rotherham United's season
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The Millers had climbed out of the drop zone with a good run early in 2021, but their form has dipped with a quarter of the season left.
Here, the Star looks at six games that could save the Millers' season.
The Millers make the short trip across the M1 on March 3 for a game they simply have to win. Wednesday are in as much relegation trouble as themselves so the opportunity for a win and to stop a team around them taking points cannot be missed. They have a half-decent record at Hillsborough in recent times, drawing 2-2 last time they visited, but of course handed their rivals a 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture and boss Paul Warne needs more of the same.
After a run of three away games, with trips to Brentford and Luton following the Wednesday game, the Millers return to the AESSEAL New York Stadium for another huge game in their season. The Sky Blues are also a team around them in the table and are currently five points ahead, having played a game more. It is essential that Rotherham keep a side managed by former boss Mark Robins in with the pack and avenge the 3-0 loss in the reverse fixture.
Easter Monday brings another must-win game as the Chairboys come to South Yorkshire. Wycombe are propping up the division in their first ever season at Championship level and with 18 defeats from 31 games are heading straight back to League One. The Millers have no choice but to add another L to that column.
The crunch games keep coming thick and fast as a trip to Huddersfield is next up. The Terriers looked like they may have an outside chance of the play-offs earlier in the season but they have been dragged back into danger. This is another opportunity to take points off a side immediately above them in the table.
Another monumental six-pointer comes on April 17 and in all likelihood, the Millers will have to win this if they are to stay in the division. Birmingham are a side that have been in freefall and had recently dropped into the bottom three. There is a chance that if they are still in relegation by the time they come to South Yorkshire that they will have a new manager, but even still, this is do-or-die for Rotherham.
The Millers close their home campaign on May 1 against Tony Mowbray's side and it will be important they finish on a high. Blackburn look like they could be a team with little to play for, so Rotherham will have to hope that is the case and they cash in on their final game on home soil as they will not want to have to go to Cardiff on the final day of the season and rely on getting a result.
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