Rotherham United could not punish Sheffield Wednesday last night with their final game in hand as they played out a 0-0 draw with Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.
The Millers knew a win would take them out of the relegation zone and above Derby County going into the final day of the Championship season, and the swing in goal difference would have made it incredibly difficult for the Owls to survive even if they defeated the Rams on Saturday.
In the end though all Paul Warne’s men got was a point, but perhaps they were fortunate to get that after the Hatters’ last minute goal from Sonny Bradley was ruled out for a foul on Rotherham goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, but it looked incredibly contentious.
A stalemate though means the relegation dogfight goes down to the final day, with the Millers needing a win and for Derby to drop points to stay in the Championship next season – let’s look at a few dilemmas Warne may be considering ahead of their trip to Cardiff on Saturday lunchtime.
Time for a 4-4-2?
After 13 league games this season, Warne decided to switch up his formation from a tried-and-tested 4-5-1 formation and switched to systems with three centre-backs.
Apart from the odd league game here and there, a 5-3-2 formation has usually been what Rotherham have lined up in for the rest of the season, but the Millers need a win and they need to try and be on the front foot against Cardiff.
The Bluebirds obviously pose a threat with the likes of Harry Wilson and Kieffer Moore, but there’s a chance neither may play as Mick McCarthy could look to give a chance to some of his lesser-used players.
If that were to happen, then there’s no reason why Warne should not have his players go for it, and a high-pressing 4-4-2 system could work against Cardiff – especially with Rotherham needing a win desperately.
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Freddie Ladapo – bench or in from the start?
Rotherham haven’t been the most prolific team this season and that’s probably why they’re in the relegation zone, but one goalscorer who will be desperate for a start against Cardiff is Ladapo.
The 28-year-old striker has only started five of the Millers’ last nine matches despite being the club’s second highest scorer of the season, although Ladapo hasn’t found the back of the net in seven outings.
Ladapo has proven though in games against Sheffield Wednesday and QPR though that he can be the man for the big occasion, so he will no doubt be in the front of Warne’s mind when he comes to selecting a team to play at the Cardiff City Stadium.