Millers braced for crunch clash

MANAGER Andy Scott is convinced Rotherham United can put one over on Oxford United tomorrow and propel themselves back into the promotion race.

The clash at the Kassam Stadium could make or break the Millers' season and is one they cannot afford to lose.

Defeat would leave them trailing Oxford, in the fourth and final League Two play-off place, by eight points with only nine games left. A victory would slash the gap to just a couple of points and deliver a big boost for the run-in.

The Millers didn't help their cause by losing to Torquay United on Tuesday but Scott, who has endured a difficult first full year in charge, insists his team are playing well enough to win.

He said: "You talk about must-win games, this is probably the ultimate one. If we beat Oxford then we're right on their coat-tails and if we draw or lose then we are chasing again.

"We're confident we can beat them. We we were by far the better side against Torquay and they have just gone second in the league. It's fine margins between being up there or being where we are and thinking what could have been.

"We've had single-goal deficits too many times and drawn too many games but it's still not over. We're probably playing better now than we have done all season and we can only go in with confidence. We're not even thinking about losing."

A busy month continues with a home date against Macclesfield Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).