DESPITE a drop in form, Karl Robinson and Ryan Williams have praised Rotherham United and know a tough game is in store for Oxford United this afternoon.

The South Yorkshire side can take a sizeable step towards promotion by getting three points against the U’s.

A win would offer Rotherham something of a buffer between themselves and MK Dons, knowing they also have a game in hand on the Buckinghamshire outfit.

Relegated from Sky Bet Championship last season, the Millers are seeking to continue an unusual record of moving between the second and third tier.

It would be the third successive time Rotherham have achieved that feat, after relegations in 2017 and 2019 were followed by promotions in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

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The Millers were runaway leaders for much of this campaign, but a run of two wins from their last nine League One games has enabled the chasing pack to catch up.

Asked about Rotherham’s recent displays, Robinson said: “Not too different to what they’ve been all season, just Lady Luck’s not been with them.

“Warney’s [Rotherham manager Paul Warne] probably the nicest man in football and what he’s done there is incredible.

“It doesn’t get lauded enough and that’s a bit sad for me, because he’s overachieved a lot.

“I like playing Rotherham because you get honesty and transparency. They’ll get exactly the same with us.

“The controllable is you’ve just got to do your best, sometimes results aren’t controllable against teams that are aggressive and press and put you under consistent pressure. That’ll be the case at the weekend.”

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After Rotherham, Robinson’s side welcome Doncaster Rovers on the final day.

Relegation to League Two looks almost certain for Rovers, who will have to overcome a six-point gap and a goal difference swing of 17 in their final two games.

Dropping to the fourth tier could be confirmed for Doncaster, when they host Burton Albion this afternoon.

However, Robinson was cautious about saying Gary McSheffrey’s team would be an easy three points for the U’s.

“People think the last game of the season will be a shoo-in but that will be far from that.

“To take six points from the last two games is tremendous by the players and they deserve an awful lot of credit because they’ve been immense all season.

“Even when the going gets tough, they’ve generally answered in the right way.”

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Former Rotherham player Williams, who spent two years at the club between 2017 and 2019, said that while their form has slipped, the Millers have what it takes to turn it around.

“It’s taken a bit of a dip, but having been at Rotherham I know they don’t lose too many games on the spin,” said the Australian.

“We’re looking for a tough game, hopefully we can capitalise on the little bit of form drop but we didn’t win for four games and we’ve come back and won two in a row.

“Anyone can beat anyone and we’ll be going up there looking to beat them.”