It promises to be a big week in the battle to avoid the drop for Rotherham United as they catch up on their games in hand on those teams around them.
The Millers have at least three games in hand on those teams just above the bottom three, with Paul Warne’s side six points behind Coventry City. And Thursday night sees the two teams meet in what promises to be a crunch match in the fight for survival.
Rotherham played out a tense goalless draw with Huddersfield on Saturday that did little to help either side in their battle to avoid relegation to League One.
But the teams around them all lost – including the likes of Wycombe, Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry and Derby – and Warne is hopeful that those results can boost his side’s morale ahead of a big week.
“It was better than the 0-0 scoreline suggested, but unfortunately we just didn’t take it to that next step.
“When they were in the dressing room the lads felt like it was a defeat, but when they saw the other results, they were really pleased.”
Rotherham welcome QPR to New York Stadium on Tuesday night, before that big match against Coventry City on Thursday. They end the week with another game against another relegation rival, Birmingham City, on Sunday.
Wycombe had their survival hopes dented on Saturday when three goals in the last ten minutes saw Luton Town win 3-1 at Adams Park.
And boss Gareth Ainsworth was furious at referee Oliver Langford after he sent off Josh Knight whilst the Chairboys were leading 1-0.
“We seem to have a lot of decisions go against us that have cost us at major times,” he said after the defeat.
Now nine points off safety with just five games to go, Wycombe will need to produce something special if they are to avoid an immediate return to League One.
Having beaten Cardiff 5-0 on Easter Monday, hopes were high at Sheffield Wednesday, but they were brought back down to earth at Loftus Road on Saturday.
Lyndon Dykes’s brace secured a 4-1 win for hosts QPR, but Owls assistant boss Jamie Smith remains adamant that Wednesday will keep fighting.
“It’s a big blow, but we don’t get too high with wins or too low with losses,” he said. “We’ll just keep fighting and going for every point we can.”
There promises to be a lot of twists and turns in the final few weeks, with Coventry still to play Rotherham and Huddersfield whilst Derby County, who can’t be sure of safety, have Birmingham coming up before a final day fixture against Sheffield Wednesday which could yet prove pivotal.
Whilst Rotherham’s fate seems to be in their own hands when you take into account their games in hand, the same can’t be said of Sheffield Wednesday or Wycombe. However, as the Championship often proves, anything is possible and you can’t write anyone off just yet.