Why Fulham and Rotherham’s losses keep Championship relegation battle alive

Rotherham United and Fulham both suffered midweek defeats to keep the Championship relegation battle alive.

Millwall and Wigan Athletic breathed a huge sigh of relief on Wednesday night as Rotherham United and Fulham, the two sides directly above them in the Championship, suffered defeats in their game in hand.

The Millers lost away at Nottingham Forest while the Cottagers were humiliated yet again at home as they went down to a resurgent Leeds United.

It means that Wigan remain six points from safety while Millwall’s draw with Brighton & Hove Albion moved them to within eight points of their target.

With the battle for promotion looking as though it is going to go down to the wire, the relegation picture looked to have already been decided but recent results mean it isn’t quite as clear.

Both Rotherham and Fulham have hit a sticky patch in contrast to Wigan, who have won their last three away league games. However, Malky Mackay’s men need to improve their home form, having not won at the DW Stadium since August.

For Fulham, it is a massive fall from grace, having been a Premier League side this time last year. They are hoping to avoid two successive relegations.

Although promoted Rotherham were expected to be at the wrong end of the table, they have performed above expectations for the majority of the campaign and will be hoping not to get sucked into the drop zone in the final few games.

Fulham still have some massive, and potentially decisive, games to come, with a three-game run through the middle of April seeing them host Wigan and Rotherham and travel to rock-bottom Blackpool.

The Millers, meanwhile, will be looking at that trip to Craven Cottage and meetings with Reading and Brighton to see them safe.

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