Date: 14th April 2015 at 9:44am
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Rotherham United, once again, find themselves with a bit of a problem – it`s nothing new to the Millers, we do tend to take three steps forward and two back – unfortunately this could end up with us taking a big step backwards.

Farrend Rawson joined Rotherham United on March 7th on a twenty-eight day Youth Loan but played the full ninety minutes in our win at the New York Stadium against Brighton and Hove Albion on 6th April – which those who are in the know say was a full day after he should have returned to his parent club Derby. (Although, surely, twenty-eight days after the seventh day of March meant he should have returned on the 28th or 29th March???)

So the Millers have been charged with fielding an ineligible player with the Football League promising to tell us our fate sooner rather than later.

Mistakes happen – but who on earth is responsible for this latest cock-up in the Millers history?

Steve Evans? As manager shouldn’t he know when this loan player started to play and when his loan was up?

The Admin Staff? Aren’t they the ones who do all the paper work and should be keeping an eye on this sort of thing?

Or could it be a case that we’ve had that many loan players brought in this season no-one knows which player arrived when and when he`s supposed to go back?

And what of Derby County’s part in all this – shouldn’t someone at their club have realised that the lad hadn’t come back to Pride Park? Or did they think he’d gone out to fetch the pizzas?

From what we are being told Steve Evans was keen to keep Rawson and Derby were happy for him to stay. But (and it’s a big but) it’s being alleged that this hadn’t been sanctioned by the Football League. Why, or if that’s true, we don’t know. Of course it`s possible that this is just a case of an error in the paper work.

It could mean that the Millers will get a three points deduction or a fine or both. I think at this stage of the season and where we are in the league we would gladly take a fine but, as we won the game (typical, eh), we are all rather thinking it will be a points deduction.

Whatever the outcome it`s going to make our remaining games crucial. And I hope the players have this chiseled into them before tomorrow`s clash away at Fulham where I think a point is a must but three points would leave us with a sense of relief.

And as fans we now need to back the team more than ever and play our part.

No-one ever said you were going to have an easy ride following the Millers – but we`ve been there before, fought through the bad times and come up for another go – and we`ll do it again.

After all, ‘we`re Millermen and the more they try to put us down the more we`ll rise again.`

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