Date: 3rd May 2016 at 9:26am
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And so the end is near and we face the final curtain ?..

Well we are coming up to the final game of the season and for us Millers it’s definitely been a yo-yo of a season!

After the first home game of the season ended in a four-one loss there were people walking out early shaking their heads saying ‘it’s going to be a long, long season’ – well, I thought, it wouldn’t have been any shorter if we’d won four-one but I knew where they were coming from.

In fact it didn’t get much brighter until Cardiff were in town in September and we won our first game of the season followed by our first away win at Birmingham. Things were looking up and we moved off the bottom of the table to a couple above the relegation spots.

So it came a bit of a shock when Steve Evans left after getting our first back-to-back wins. But, as they say, football is a funny game.

Things went downhill again and when we went to Leeds in November rock bottom again with new Manager Neil Redfearn in tow we all feared the worst. But it wasn’t to be and we won and then got another three points at home against Bristol City.

Unfortunately two more losses and then the worst display I think I’ve seen a Rotherham team produce away at Huddersfield and the hope was beginning to fade again. We had another home loss and then a Boxing Day win over Bolton saw us go strongly into an away evening fixture at Fulham. Well, the fans went strongly but the players, after getting it back to one-one, just lay down and die.

A poor January saw Neil Redfearn go and with the Millers in the bottom three in came Neil Warnock. We got three points in Neil Warnock’s first four games and went into March still in the bottom three with a game at Hillsborough to look forward to. We won that game and then beat Middlesbrough who were hoping to go up automatically. A fantastic comeback against Derby County to get a point and another three points away at Ipswich saw us climb out of the bottom three and unbeaten throughout March.

We went another six games unbeaten until Saturday when a six minute goal gave Blackburn Rovers a win at the New York Stadium.

And now we’ve one game to go – we’re safe, we can’t go down. Looking back to August I am still surprised that I’m saying this. But I also feel like a game show host speaking to contestants who have just lost the final game saying ‘look what you could have won.’

It’s a lot of ifs – IF we’d got Neil Warnock earlier; IF we’d drawn a lot of those games we’d lost by just one goal; IF we’d made the New York Stadium a fortress and won the drawn games: IF we’d not spent so much on players who obviously weren’t up to the fight in pre-season.

Blackburn were on the same number of points going into Saturday’s game as the Millers with a better goal difference. After the win on Saturday they go into the last game of the season in fifteenth spot. How we’d have coveted fifteenth place just a few weeks ago! And really it was there for the taking. I thought the game on Saturday was flat. The Rotherham crowd weren’t really in-tune with the players and, at times, apart from the section holding the away fans, it was very quiet. To be frank I found it a bit dull. And that’s definitely not how Neil Warnock’s teams play. Whether we felt we’d easily get a result from the game or whether it was a bit like after the main event had finished I don’t know.

We go to Hull on Saturday for our final game – a team already in the play-offs and a team we’ve actually beaten already this season. So wouldn’t it be good to finish the season on that high of getting something at the KC Stadium. After all I do think the travelling faithful and the Gaffer deserve that – don’t you?


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