Rotherham United striker Freddie Ladapo aims to be ready for huge game

BY HIS own admission, Rotherham United striker Freddie Ladapo is not the best sleeper.

Freddie Ladapo. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.
Freddie Ladapo. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

After his quick-fire two-goal haul in the Millers’ priceless victory over QPR on Tuesday night, he might just have slept a bit more soundly.

Partway through their ‘week of death’, which sees relegation-threatened Rotherham play four consecutive Championship home games in the space of eight days, the Millers are preparing for the second installment in a huge survival ‘six-pointer’ with Coventry City on Thursday night.

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It represents a second game in 48 hours for Paul Warne’s side, who are back in action on Sunday against another struggling side in Birmingham City.

Should Rotherham win on Thursday, they will swap places with fourth-from-bottom Coventry, managed by former Millers player and manager Mark Robins and move out of the drop zone, with a game in hand on the Midlanders.

It has the potential to be a massive night in the context of the Millers season and they are sweating on the fitness of Ladapo, who is carrying a slight groin niggle after his exploits on Tuesday.

On the gruelling schedule, Ladapo, who took his goals tally to the season to nine for the campaign against Rangers, said: “I don’t think it is that bad mentally, but physically is the worst part because you feel your body and you wake up the next day and can feel your aches and pains and it feels like you have been in the gym for two days straight.

“You just have to prepare, sleep and eat right. I am the worst sleeper, so that is not going to happen. You have to do the things to get your body there and then in your mind, the game takes care of itself and you know how important the game is.

“We have a lot to play for and mentally you are focused on that game and have to be ready for it.

“I think I can spring back into action. I do keep myself quite fit and I play quite a lot of games and am available for a lot of games and I have not had a long-term injury (in my career).”