ROTHERHAM United boss Andy Scott slammed his side’s fitness levels after watching their play–off hopes die with defeat to Gillingham on Monday.
The Millers’ sixth home game without a win left them six points off seventh place, with only two games remaining – and Scott conceded defeat in the race.
The frustrated boss said: “Realistically it’s over.
“Gillingham was a must–win game and you can’t keep thinking we’ve got a chance.
“Over a season you get what you deserve and finish where you deserve to be.
“The results recently have not been good enough.”
Scott placed the blame squarely on the fitness of his players.
He said: “We get to 60 or 70 minutes and run out of gas.
“On Monday we created a lot of chances and I felt we had the energy going forward for 70 minutes but after that we tailed off.
“We didn’t have that urgency in our game to get us over the line.
“Their goal came from a little bit of sloppiness and you get punished.”
The Millers were without key duo Nicky Law and Ryan Taylor, with ankle and back problems respectively.
And both are likely to be absent from Saturday’s visit to Aldershot.
Scott said: “It’s unlikely they’ll be ready.
“Hopefully Ryan’s back will settle down but we just don’t know and Nicky will need an X-Ray to make sure there is no damage to the bone.
The Millers must win their final two games and hope Gillingham and Torquay – who they meet on the final day – pick up no further points, if they are to make the play–offs.
Meanwhile, Doncaster Rovers effectively sealed their place in the Championship with two stalemates over the Easter weekend.
Rovers battled out a 2-2 draw with local rivals Barnsley on Monday after being held to a goalless stalemate with fellow strugglers Crystal Palace.
Both Rovers and Palace now have a six point cushion between themselves and third–bottom Sheffield United, plus the added bonus of at least an eight–goal positive difference.
Rovers now require a single point from either of the two remaining games with Leicester and Middlesbrough, to guarantee survival.