The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Ross Law­son

CAP­TAIN Lee Freck­ling­ton in­sists there is no ex­cuse for Rother­ham United to give up on avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion de­spite sit­ting six points adrift at the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

The Millers face a battle to keep their top stars in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, with striker Peter Odemwingie among those po­ten­tially mak­ing the move away.

That’s largely due to the York­shire club’s 18 de­feats in the league, leav­ing them 12 points away from safety with more than half of the sea­son al­ready played.

But mid­fielder Freck­ling­ton, 31, be­lieves there is still cause for op­ti­mism, call­ing on his play­ers to rally to­gether and com­plete a dra­matic es­cape from the drop.

“We know if we have any chance we have to keep hold of our bet­ter play­ers which could prove dif­fi­cult,” he said.

“Then it’s a mat­ter of re­cruit­ing and try­ing to get the qual­ity in to re­place what go out.

“But you can’t give up. If you do you might as well go home and not play the rest of the sea­son.

“We’ve proved in pre­vi­ous years when we’ve clawed gaps back and we still have to be­lieve we can do it.

“We work hard and when we’re on top and play­ing well then we have to take our chances.”

BE­LIEF: Lee Freck­ling­ton

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