Ipswich Town have highlighted exactly why Rotherham United are going down: View | OneFootball

Ipswich Town have highlighted exactly why Rotherham United are going down: View | OneFootball

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·23 February 2024

Ipswich Town have highlighted exactly why Rotherham United are going down: View

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Rotherham United's poor season was summed up on Tuesday night as they somehow managed to throw away what looked to be a hard-earned point away at promotion-chasing Ipswich Town.

It's been a miserable campaign for the Millers, and they look set to return to League One after two seasons in the Championship after winning just three league games all season.


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Leam Richardson's side are 14 points from safety with just 13 games left, and it would be a miracle if they were to survive from this point.

They haven't won away from home all season, and haven't won since the turn of the year, with the Millers being gallant losers on too many occasions this season.

The Millers made a brilliant start at Portman Road and led after just two minutes thanks to Tom Eaves' goal, but soon fell apart as Ipswich went 3-1 up after just 30 minutes.

It remained that way until the hour mark when Hakeem Odoffin gave Richardson's side hope. It looked as if they'd pulled off a fantastic comeback away to one of the league's best sides when Cafú slotted a penalty in the 94th minute, but what happened next just highlighted Rotherham's woes this season.

Just a minute later, Viktor Johansson was picking the ball out of the net after Omari Hutchinson won the game for Ipswich, condemning Rotherham to yet another defeat on the road.

Leam Richardson must have been tearing his hair out after his side worked so hard to get back into the game, just to throw it away a minute later.

Whether it was down to fitness, mentality or just bad luck, conceding so soon after looking to have won a point on the road just isn't good enough and everybody at the club will be aware of that.

Despite being rock bottom of the league, Rotherham haven't been on the end of too many heavy defeats this season, with a lot of the losses coming by one-goal margins. This shows that Richardson's side can be dangerous on their day, but they're just missing a little bit of quality to turn narrow losses into points.

With relegation now looking inevitable, Leam Richardson will have the summer to rebuild and bring down the age profile of his squad as they look to make a return to the Championship at the first attempt.

Veterans like Sean Morrison, Daniel Ayala and Lee Peltier all see their deals expire at the New York Stadium in the summer and this will free up space on the wage bill for Richardson to recruit the players that he wants.

Meanwhile, the likes of Sam Clucas, Grant Hall and Cafú are all 30 or over, and they see their deals expire too, along with loanee Charlie Wyke. Richardson may wish to keep some of these players, but it wouldn't be a surprise if they were all ushered out the door, allowing the former ex-Wigan boss to put his own stamp on the squad.

It's been a very disappointing season for the Millers, but the summer will allow Richardson to overhaul his squad and recruit young, hungry players as the club enter a new era.

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