It’s effectively game over for the Millers as we approach the last few games of the season. Their campaign has been a complete disaster since the very start and the inevitable relegation will be confirmed this weekend when Fulham head to the New York Stadium.
Rotherham United’s flash new stadium belies the problems within and the Millers head into their final eight Championship games with some 24 points separating them from safety and a goal difference of -54. Club chairman Tony Stewart rescued Rotherham from administration just nine years ago and since then has built a smart new ground and oversaw two promotions, however he shouldered some of the blame for this season’s collapse.
“We apologise for the season that has gone and for not giving the performances that we should have done,” he said to the local media.
“As a board, we take full responsibility for the shocks that have happened. It certainly wasn’t part of the plan to get into the Championship and then go back down to League One.”
“The remit of the board and I is to put the smiles back on the faces of fans,” he said. “We want to give them the encouragement they deserve. Now we need to look forward.
“Have we lost our ambition? No, we haven’t. We will now prepare like we have never prepared before to ensure we have a team that gives the excitement that took us from the dark days of moving out of Rotherham (to Don Valley Stadium for a four-season spell) to the bright days of moving into New York and getting into the Championship.”
As far as this weekend’s encounter with Fulham is concerned, we’re not expecting anything close to an upset. The Cottagers can climb into the top six should they win at the New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon and this is as close to a certainty as one could possibly get. The Millers will be thoroughly demoralised following their disastrous campaign and there is certainly not going to be any happy ending for the Millers fans. Not this season at any rate.
As far as betting on this match is concerned, odds of just 4/9 on a Fulham victory will almost certainly provide a winning return but they really don’t offer much temptation, therefore we’ll be going instead for a Fulham victory by at least three goals at 14/5 with Betfair.