I HOPE MILLERS DON’T PAY FOR COCK-UP
VISITORS to Rotherham’s website on Tuesday probably noticed an advert for Dementia Awareness Week.
Posted just hours after the club were charged with fielding an ineligible player, that webmaster has either an unfortunate sense of timing or a black sense of humour.
Farrend Rawson should not have played in the Millers’ 1-0 victory over relegation rivals Brighton on Easter Monday.
The 18-year-old’s youth loan from Derby had expired three days earlier and, while both parties agreed to an extension, somebody forgot to tell the FA.
It could prove a potentially catastrophic oversight, with the Millers set to be docked three points and plunged from the brink of Championship survival into a full-on dogfight.
These rules are clear and precedented. For Rotherham there is no excuse. Somebody at the New York Stadium should have realised that Rawson belonged in the back row of the iPro Stadium, not Steve Evans’ back four.
But whilst the deduction is necessary, seeing the Millers relegated as a direct result would feel deeply unsatisfactory.
This is a side who entertain, who score goals, who have never once tried to sit back and cling to Championship status. Since promotion from League One last term, they have spent one solitary week in the relegation zone.
Rules is rules but, one way or the other, I hope those three points do not come to define Rotherham’s season.
ERROR: Farrend Rawson