Millers gear up for run-in

ROTHERHAM United chief Steve Evans is urging his players to keep their focus ahead of the crucial last seven matches of the season, starting at Birmingham City today.

Five points above the Championship relegation zone, the Millers have returned fresh from the international break ready for an Easter programme which continues with a home date against Brighton on Monday.

Although attention at the moment is focussed on Rotherham and their nearest chasers Wigan, Evans believes there is still plenty of time for the picture to change and other teams to get dragged into the fight.

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Three successive defeats to the Latics, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday have left things in the balance but he's mindful Rotherham still have a decent platform to push on to safety.

“The international break has come at a good time for us,” he said. “The lads have come back full of energy and they'll need it for the next seven games.

“They have to believe they can do it, we've been so close in many games but not quite there. Of course they'll be edgy and nervous but we need to keep our focus and even if we win at St Andrew's, we must then concentrate solely on Brighton.

“At the moment, everyone seems to looking at ourselves, Millwall and Wigan near the bottom. We accept that Blackpool have gone but if Fulham, Reading and Huddersfield think they're out of it then they're deluded. They only need a win or two but as we know, it is so difficult to get them.

“There are seven games left. We're capable of winning them all just as much as we're capable of losing them all, the margins are so fine."

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