Rotherham United: Clarke-Harris tips Millers for safety

Jonson Clarke-Harris
Jonson Clarke-Harris

In-form striker Jonson Clarke-Harris is certain Rotherham United can win their fight to stay in the Championship.

Back-to-back wins have taken the Millers to within a point of leaving the drop zone.

Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn

And the 21-year-old, who scored twice in last Saturday’s 3-0 home triumph over Bristol City, said: “I’m absolutely confident we can get out of the bottom three.

“If we keep winning our home games, that will be the most important thing to us.”

Neil Redfearn’s side face Wolves on Saturday at AESSEAL New York Stadium where they will be bidding to record three consecutive wins since returning to the second tier last season.

They may have to attempt it without defender Stephen Kelly, who limped out of the Robins clash with a calf problem, but the verdict on the Republic of Ireland international is encouraging.

“It’s a calf strain, but it’s not as bad as we first feared,” Redfearn said. “It’s a grade-one strain so it’s days rather than weeks. We’ll have to see for Saturday.”

Redfearn paired Kelly with Kirk Broadfoot in central defence, with another centre-half, Danny Collins, at left-back.

Teenager Farrend Rawson is the likely replacement for Kelly if the 32-year-old doesn’t make it, and the Millers manager could stick with the same policy against Kenny Jackett’s side.

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“In the last two games, Kirk has been outstanding,” Redfearn said, “He’s an experienced guy. His timing is good and his reading of the game is fantastic. He’s got a real effect on the back four.

“I thought Danny played it perfectly. Three centre-halves and a full-back is no bad thing, particularly if your centre-half is comfortable in possession, which obviously Danny is.

“He also gives you another header at set-plays, and this division is about set-plays.”

Meanwhile, Clarke-Harris is playing better than at any time since joining the Millers from Oldham Athletic in August 2014 and is a huge favourite with fans.

“I try not to let that faze me, to be honest,” he said. “I know what I can do on the pitch and I think they appreciate what I do and my hard work. They’re always class.

“It’s a good feeling when you hear them but I try to get completely zoned out.”