Goal hero Jordan Bowery has revealed how Rotherham United used loo breaks to check how their Championship survival rivals were faring on Saturday.
As the Millers were drawing 1-1 with Norwich City on a pulsating afternoon at AESSEAL New York Stadium, Millwall were at home to Derby County while Wigan Athletic were entertaining Wolves.
Bowery, who came on as a substitute to head an 86th-minute equaliser, said: “”Whenever someone went in off the bench to the toilet, they kept checking their phones to see what the scores were.”
Rotherham, a point above the relegation places after their three-point deduction by the Football League, have two matches to play and could seal their safety with a win tomorrow at home to Reading.
Millwall, who drew 3-3 with Derby, and Wigan, 1-0 losers against Wolves, each have just one left.
“We are confident. But nothing is over yet,” Bowery said. “We have got to stay confident and believe in ourselves and get those three points on Tuesday.
“”It’s a massive game. We’ve got the advantage now with the one point. If we win on Tuesday, it’s over.
“No team is going to come here and not give 100 per cent. Reading haven’t got anything to play for anymore, but still they will not want to lose. No matter who was going to come, we have got to give 100 per cent.”
Bowery, whose five goals this season have all come from the bench, is hoping he has done enough to force the hand of Steve Evans when the Millers manager picks his side for tomorrow night.
“It’s the managers’ choice. All I can do is keep working hard in training and hope for the best,” he said.
“I always try and give my best in training as there are many players fighting for positions. It’s not easy, Matt Derbyshire is keeping me out and I can’t really fault it, and Wardy (Danny Ward) is a great player. I have just got to dig in to get that start.”
Derbyshire missed an easy chance to equalise before Bowery’s late intervention, and was grateful to his strike partner for sparing his blushes.
Bowery revealed: “He’s told me ‘you have dug me out there and helped me out a bit!’.
“That’s what happens. You can’t score every time. He has done well in the second half of the season and scored a lot of goals and helped the team out.
“He was in the right position, but unfortunately couldn’t get the goal.
“We have got the advantage at the minute and hopefully on Tuesday we can get the three points and seal it.”