ROTHERHAM United's players have been reminded they are playing for their futures as well as league points in the final 16 matches of the season.
Tomorrow's home clash with fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers rolls around with the Millers without a point – or a goal – in the last four games.
While interim manager Paul Warne's ability to keep spirits up is still an asset, he is not afraid to tell it like it is.
He told the Advertiser: “A few of our players are out of contract in the summer and as I said to them the other day, they're trying to prove they can play at this level and that's what they've got to go out and do. They're playing for themselves, their families, the staff, the board, everybody.
“No-one could say they're not trying hard enough because that's definitely not the case. They're giving me everything they've got and they will do that again this weekend. Hopefully that will be enough to be on the right side of the result again for a change.”
Latest arrival, centre-half Joel Ekstrand, has had a good first week of training and will be be involved in some way but skipper Lee Frecklington's setback in his recovery from ankle ligament damage means he is expected to miss out.