Boss up for Owls clash

MILLERS boss Steve Evans has issued a rallying call on the eve of this weekend's clash with Sheffield Wednesday, telling fans: “We must keep believing.”

Two defeats in the space of a week to Wigan and Nottingham Forest have scuppered attempts to pull further clear of the Championship relegation zone.

However with teams around them continuing to stutter, Rotherham's destiny is still in their own hands and there’s the potential to go nine points above Wigan, currently third bottom, by beating Wednesday.

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That would put Evans' team in a strong position going into the two-week international break and within a win or two of staying up.

While he has an idea what will be required to stay out of danger, he says his aim remains to collect as many points as possible and that a positive outlook from all — players, managers and fans — will help the team achieve consolidation.

He told the Advertiser: “I think two more wins will secure our Championship status but as a manager you are loathe to say that because it could be 48 points that's needed. If we could go into the break with 43 then I'd think we'd need two more wins to be absolutely guaranteed to stay in the Championship.

“Everyone gets a little bit nervous at this time but it's my job to keep the heat off the players. We're fighting hard and doing everything to get points and it is so important we keep believing because if we as a management and the players don't then we might as well not bother getting out of bed.

“We need the fans to keep the belief, keep motivated and keep behind us and to make their presence felt this weekend.”

Much more on the Millers in this week's Advertiser