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Rotherham United are in big, big trouble

Thursday 2nd March 2017
After every match day towards the final half of the season, we always check who could possibly go down and who could possibly get promoted from each of the leagues. One team that looks to be in danger of that is Rotherham United in the Championship.

From 34 games played "The Millers" have tallied just 17 points with four wins, 5 draws and 25 losses. They have scored 32 goals, less than one a game and have let in 77. The worst defence in the whole football league.

The 2015-16 season saw Neil Warnock take charge in the final stages and keep Rotherham safe from relegation. They ended up in 21st place, 9 points ahead of Charlton.
Since this season started, Rotherham have had 3 managers including Alan Stubbs, Kenny Jackett and current manager (caretaker) Paul Warne. With Rotherham now 16 points behind Bristol City, who currently sit just above relegation, it seems an impossible task for The Millers to survive this season. They are averaging half a point every game so far.

Out of all the favoured teams in the football league to get relegated this season, Rotherham are now the clear favourites. Their next fixtures at home will be Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion. They will need to put in some "miracle" displays if they have any thought of staying up this season. 16 points below relegation with just 12 games to go is merely impossible to survive but mathematically possible.

The Rotherham squad includes known players such as Stephen Kelly, Dexter Blackstock, Tom Adeyemi and Lee Camp. Their top goal scorer with 9 goals so far this season is striker Danny Ward.

So what has gone wrong for Rotherham this season? Well, to be honest, they narrowly escaped relegation last season. But this season there has been a lack of quality within the side. They haven't just been lacking in the goal department but they are also letting too many in against them.

So what are the positives you may ask? The only positives that can really be called upon are future results. Rotherham really need to step it up in these dying stages of the season. The mentality of the team and the manager should not be defeatist.
Anything can happen in football, we know that. The thing is, there will always be something we've never seen before. Rotherham could prove pundits wrong if they get their act together.

Will Rotherham survive relegation this season? I think the main question would be how long can Rotherham survive for the rest of the season? As weeks go by, results will determine the gap from 21st place to 24th where Rotherham are currently sitting.

It will be a long "squeaky bum time" for a remainder of the season for Rotherham United fans. The future of the club lies in the hands of the players and Paul Warne. If Rotherham could do the unthinkable and get result after result then what a story it would be.

Their next test at The New York Stadium is up against Aston Villa who are coming off the back of two straight wins. Every game is key now for Rotherham and Saturday's fixture will be extra important. 
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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