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Rotherham United make the long trip down to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium for the last game of the ‘normal’ season to take on Gillingham.

Currently in second place in the table the Millers will be wanting points to make sure they finish in a promotion place while the hosts will be wanting points and hope others around them don’t get any to guarantee a place in League One next season.

Gillingham lost at Portsmouth last weekend with their last home game being a goalless draw against Fleetwood. Their last win at Priestfield was one-nil against visitors Cambridge at the beginning of February.

The Millers played their ‘game in hand’ on Tuesday night away at Sunderland drawing one-all with their last away league win seeing them beat Plymouth one-nil at the end of February.

Gills Manager Neil Harris said that tomorrow’s game will be a ‘big challenge’ telling KentOnline that the Millers are a ‘big physical and hard running side’ saying ‘the challenge for us at the weekend, it is to match Rotherham. We have to stand up to the test, we have to physically stand up to it, we have to be prepared mentally for the fixture.’

Winger Mustapha Carayol is a doubt for the hosts having a hamstring problem and definitely out are Charlie Kelman who is suspended and Robbie McKenzie with an ankle injury.  Stuart O’Keefe will be given a late fitness test.

Millers Manager Paul Warne is just ‘wanting the game to start’ he told Radio Sheffield before they travelled to Kent. ‘I think this is probably one of the most exciting ends to a season in League One I’ve seen for a while,’ the Rotherham Boss said, ‘and I hope we can finish strong. There will be some leaving in the summer and if they can just enjoy this one last day then it would be literally priceless. I think there is a real relationship between our players and our fans and I think our fans have a real understanding of where we are, where we are trying to be and appreciate the efforts while our players appreciate the efforts of the people in the town who come. Without fans you aren’t a football club you are really just eleven players.I hope the results go the way that we can go up and Gillingham can stop up because it’s a little bit uncomfortable enjoying a promotion in someone’s back yard if they’ve gone down. It could be a magical day for us all and if it isn’t and it goes into next week then it won’t be for lack of effort.

Paul Warne isn’t expecting any changes to his travelling squad.

The referee for this game is Samuel Barrott from West Yorkshire.

Don’t forget that the game is a 1230 kick-off and for those who can’t make it to the match it is live on Sky TV.

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