Rotherham United defender Wes Harding already knows something about successful final-day acts of escaping relegation from his time at Birmingham City.
He is now hoping to serve as a lucky charm for the Millers in that regard, with the Yorkshire side following Tuesday night’s game at Luton Town with a pivotal fixture at Cardiff City on Saturday.
Whatever happens at Kenilworth Road, the Millers will be in with a chance of staying up if results go their way with Derby and Sheffield Wednesday meeting on the final day.
Harding has ‘previous’ in terms of joyous end-of-season episodes at former club Birmingham, who memorably survived the final day threat of relegation three times in the space of five seasons.
The defender was part of a Blues side who dashed Fulham’s automatic promotion hopes in May 2018, with Birmingham winning 3-1 and it is a day which is still lodged in his memory as the Midlanders staved the drop.
Harding said: “My first season breaking through at Birmingham, I was in the thick of it.
“The last game was against Fulham and I started against Ryan Sessegnon who was on fire that year. We needed something and I assisted the first goal and we won 3-1.
“So, yeah, I’ve experienced the pressure. That game sticks out massively. What a day. I loved it.”
On another huge final day of action and the Millers taking their fate to a 46th game – Harding added: “This is what you want to do. Growing up, all I ever wanted to do was play football.
“To be in tough games in tough situations, it’s good. We feel like it’s us against the world.
“If we stayed up, it would be at the top. I’ve played in every game. That level of involvement is massive for me.
“My friends and family have all turned into Rotherham fans. Everywhere I go, everything I do, they support me. I’ve got a big family, a big support system.”