Chairman Stewart hopeful crowd can nudge Millers over finish line

Tony StewartTony Stewart
Tony Stewart
CHAIRMAN Tony Stewart believes Rotherham United’s first sell-out crowd since the opening day of the season can roar the club to promotion this weekend.

The Millers are on the verge of clinching a return to League One after a barnstorming run-in that has seen Steve Evans’s men claim four consecutive wins.

Rotherham lead the chasing pack by two points, meaning that a draw at home to rock-bottom Aldershot Town on Saturday could – thanks to their vastly superior goal difference – be enough to end the club’s six-year stint in the basement division.

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A win, of course, would definitely take the Millers up and supporters yesterday snapped up the last few remaining tickets in the New York Stadium’s home areas.

“We have sold out,” said Stewart. “Fans were queueing from first thing on Monday morning and we also sold a lot over the internet. Saturday is a huge day for us so it is great that the town is getting right behind the club.

“The team has hit form at just the right time to win four games on the spin and it means our dream is still on.

“Now, though, we have to get over the line. We probably need a draw but would like to win. It promises to be a really exciting day.

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“Hopefully, the energy of those fans and the momentum of the crowd can go together with the skill of the players and get us the win that we want.

“The key, though, is getting over the line and up. A full house and with the team we have got, there is a real sense of belief that we can do just that.”

More tickets may become available later this week, depending on how talks go with Aldershot over possibly reducing the away club’s allocation.

Stewart added: “We have to remain grounded as there is still work to do against a club desperate to win.”

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Elsewhere in League Two, York City also go into the final day with plenty at stake.

Nigel Worthington’s side need a point from the trip to Dagenham & Redbridge to guarantee safety and supporters have responded by snapping up 820 of the club’s 1,204 allocation.