The 2015/16 Great Escape Revisited…

Join us as we take a look back at the remarkable unbeaten run that saved Rotherham United from Championship relegation in 2015/16…

To say the 2015/16 Championship season was a rollercoaster for Rotherham would be quite an understatement. On the back of their impressive first year in the 2nd tier, the Millers were hoping for another strong season to remain in the Championship for another year.

But all of this was thrown into doubt with the sudden departure of Steve Evans just nine games in. Ex-Leeds coach Neil Redfearn was the man chosen to replace the infamous Evans.

His reign did not go as planned. In 21 games in charge, Rotherham lost 14 and he left with a win percentage of just 23.8%. Just three days after his dismissal, it was announced that Neil Warnock would take over.

The ex-Sheffield United boss was joined at the club with his right-hand man, Kevin Blackwell. At this point, the Millers were far adrift in the Championship relegation zone.

It looked pretty bleak for Rotherham United. Relegation looked a certainty and the appointment of Warnock was the final roll of the dice.

Thankfully, this appointment came up trumps. Warnock galvanised the Millers and did one of the best jobs of his long and illustrious career to save them from the drop.

Out of nowhere, Rotherham went 11 games unbeaten to climb out of the drop zone. This run included some iconic games and moments that have gone down in the club’s history.

Here we will to reminisce about this run that miraculously saved the Millers from certain relegation:

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RUFC 2-1 Brentford (27th February)

RUFC 2-1 Brentford (27th February)

Neil Warnock took over on February 11th and his arrival immediately boosted spirits. Despite this, the Millers did not win any of his first three games in charge. Performances had got better though, and this was rewarded against Brentford. Rotherham outworked their opponents for the win. Matt Derbyshire opened the scoring in the 29th minute for the Millers. But Alan Judge made it level just prior to the break. The Millers continued to pressure their opponents before Danny Ward scored the eventual winner with 20 minutes to go.

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