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3 things to look out for in the Rotherham United v QPR match



Rotherham United have hit somewhat of a resurgence at the New York Stadium in recent weeks, and will hope to continue that against Queens Park Rangers this afternoon. 

Can Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink get his first win in charge of QPR at Rotherham today (3pm kick-off)

Can Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink get his first win in charge of QPR at Rotherham today (3pm kick-off)

Manager Neil Redfearn made no secret of the fact the other week that he questioned some of his players attitudes and ability to perform at Sky Bet Championship level.

Redfearn has since seen an upturn in form, and the Millers now find themselves in with a real chance of a second consecutive season of staving off relegation back to League One.

Queens Park Rangers on the other hand, although above Rotherham in the table, continue to struggle despite lofty expectations of promotion hanging over the team.

They have not won in the eight games since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took over, and pressure will begin to mount, fairly or unfairly, on the former Burton Albion manager if he doesn’t start picking up wins soon.

FootballLeagueWorld writer Lee Connor identifies three things to look out for in this afternoon’s match…

1) Millers to march on at home?

Rotherham United have turned the New York Stadium into somewhat of a fortress of late, winning each of their last three home games, scoring eight goals and conceding none in the process.

This is outstanding form, especially when you consider two of those teams are high flying Hull City and Brighton and Hove Albion.

If the Millers can get the first goal and get the crowd behind them, then QPR could well be in for a long afternoon.

Redfearn has got his men organised, resilient, and offering quality in attack when the chances arrive.

This could well be nine games without a win for Hasselbaink.

2) Grant Ward is vitally important

The recent news that midfield dynamo Grant Ward is staying until the end of the season is a welcome and timely boost for the Millers as they look to fight relegation.

The on loan Tottenham Hotspur man has been instrumental in the team this season, making 24 appearances already.

The Millers look a far better team when Ward plays, as he supplements the attacking talents of Joe Newell excellently in the midfield.

If Rotherham are to continue this excellent home run, Ward’s performance will be crucial.

3) Time to look down not up?

This is a massive game, not only for home team Rotherham, but for QPR too.

While it may not look all that important at the moment, in the grand scheme it could prove huge psychologically.

There are seven points separating the sides at the moment, and only three places. If QPR get the win, they will go ten points clear of Rotherham and, more importantly, 13 clear of the relegation zone.

But, if the Millers can make it four home wins from four, then it will be only a four point gap, and should results go against the Hoops further, leave them sitting only seven points above the drop zone and looking over their shoulder.

If ever there was a time for Hasselbaink and his team to secure that first win, then the time is surely now.

Rotherham and QPR fans… what do you think the score will be? Can Rotherham record a fourth straight home win? Or will QPR win under Hasselbaink for the first time? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

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