Rotherham victory means Millwall drop out of Championship to League One

Millwall's home ground 'The Den'. Image: Wiki Commons (Gloworm 44)

Millwall’s home ground ‘The Den’. Image: Wiki Commons (Gloworm 44)

Rotherham’s 2-1 victory over Reading on Tuesday left Millwall four points adrift in the relegation pack of the Championship next year.

Although they have one game remaining, the club will be unable to claw back the deficit.

They, along with Wigan Athletic and Blackpool, will be relegated to the third tier of English football, ending their five-year stint in the Championship.

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Millwall’s relegation was made even more sour after a war of words with fellow league strugglers Rotherham United F.C.

In an interview with local paper This Is Local London, Millwall striker Lee Gregory hyped up the crucial match between Rotheram and Reading.

I don’t think we will get relegated. I think we will pull out of it, I really do. I think the pressure is on Rotherham, it is better to be behind rather than in front. (If) Rotherham don’t get a result on Tuesday and it’s all to play for. I’ll definitely be watching at home and hopefully Reading can do the business. Hopefully Rotherham will bottle it on the last day of the season and we get a win at Wolves.

It was Gregory’s hope that Rotheram would ‘bottle it’ which particularly riled Rotheram manager Steve Evans.

Immediately after his team’s victory over Reading, he spoke to BBC Local Radio and said:

A Millwall player said we’ve not got bottle. I’ve got 12 bottles of pink finest Champagne and we’ll be drinking them for about a week. Look forward to League One, son, and keep your trap shut.

Despite the relegation, Millwall are hoping to retain the managerial services of Neil Harris, after his brief spell as interim manager.

Lifelong supporter Danny Baker remained upbeat on Twitter :

Millwall will play their final game of the season against Wolves on Saturday, 2nd May.


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