The nine days and four fixtures that will define Rotherham United’s season
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The Millers have to play four games in that space of time as they catch up on their outstanding games.
Here, The Star takes a look at the week which will decide whether they stay up in the Championship or go down.
Huddersfield (A) 10 April
The Millers made the trip up the A629 for a Yorkshire derby with massive implications on the fight against the drop. The Terriers are eight points above their South Yorkshire visitors, but are not yet out of danger. Their confidence could be fragile after they were thumped 7-0 at the hands of champions elect Norwich in midweek. Alternatively, that could act as a wake-up call and the Millers could be on the end of a response. Paul Warne's side has to hope it's the former.
QPR (H) 13 April
The first of three home games in a week and the first of four games on some teams. This game was originally called off due to a frozen pitch in February. QPR were possible relegation rivals a few weeks ago but a good run of form has seen them climb into the top half. With games later in the week against direct rivals from the drop, the Millers could see this as a game to possibly rest some of their best players. But they are simply not good enough at this level to choose which games they can win and their need for points is rapidly rising.
Coventry (H) 15 April
Just 48 hours after the QPR game, Rotherham are back in action in one of the most crucial games of the season. Results on Easter Monday saw the Sky Blues pull seven points clear of the Millers, who have three games in hand. If Warne's side put wins on the board in their previous two games they could overtake Coventry with a win. The alternative of losing will be a possible terminal blow to their season.
Birmingham (H) 18 April
A chaotic week comes to an end next Sunday as Rotherham welcome the side who are currently closest to them in the table. A lot could have changed by the time this game comes around, but this is another fixture that they simply have to win if they have any chance of beating the drop. Their players will be on the floor by then – with another game to come three days later – but they will have to give everything against the Blues to keep their season alive.