It's time for the A-game

ROTHERHAM United go into this weekend's big Championship basement battle at Bolton with manager Neil Redfearn warning: “We need to bring our A-game.”

Just four points separate the teams and victory for either would be a big psychological boost in the scrap for survival.

The Millers dipped badly to Charlton last weekend and can't afford to surrender more points to a close rival but Redfearn has seen his team deal well with other bottom-end matches against Bristol City and Bolton this season and says they can do so again.

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“It's a big game but they're all big for us because of the position we are in,” he told the Advertiser.

“In the last four games we've played well to beat Brighton, we did well for a long spell against QPR, we took a good point at Cardiff and dropped our standards against Charlton. That's one poor performance in four so we have to give the lads some leeway.

“I know there's goals in us but we have to be more solid and competitive and that starts from the front. Defending has been a problem off and on this season and it's something we are trying to address.

“I knew from day one it would be like this, we have to get something from every game we play. We have to be right at the top of our game to do that and bring our A-game.”

Injured trio Stephen Kelly, Leon Best and Lee Frecklington all miss out again this weekend but Aimen Belaid (groin) is pushing for a return.