Win or bust … and then there’s the Rotherham factor

Wednesday go into tomorrow’s final day of the Championship season knowing we need to win at relegation rivals Derby to have any chance of avoiding the drop into division one.

Victory at Pride Park would lift us above Derby on goal difference but our Championship survival would only be confirmed if Rotherham also fail to win at Cardiff.

Going into tomorrow’s final games, the Millers sit on 41 points, one ahead of us, while Derby are on 43 points but with an inferior goal difference of one compared to ours.

Assistant manager, Jamie Smith, said today: “We have a fighting chance, we need a result and things to go our way. It’s not about form, previous results, it’s all on this game, this weekend and going for the win. We are still in there fighting and we will be fighting tomorrow.

“We want to be positive and go there with belief. It’s a huge game for everyone connected with the club. It’s a one-off game so it does feel like a cup final.”

We have no new injury problems for the game, with Tom Lees still ruled out with his ankle ligament injury, while Smith said long-term absentee Massimo Luongo could be in the squad.

Manager, Darren Moore, has visited the training ground during the week as he continues his recovery from pneumonia, having contracted Covid-19 before that, and Smith said there is a possibility he might be at tomorrow’s game.

Derby have lost their last six league matches while Pride Park has not been a happy hunting ground for us over the years, failing to win on any of our previous 12 visits and our last victory coming in April 2006, when goals from ex-Rams Marcus Tudgay and Leon Best gave us a 2-0 success, while a certain Darren Moore was at centre back for the home side.

Tomorrow’s game is live on Sky Sports and, as with all the final Championship matches, it kicks off at 12.30pm.

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