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Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn tells players to fight for priveleged position

Rotherham manager Neil Redfearn says his failing players need to fight for the privilege of being a professional footballer.

The Millers sank to a desperately disappointing 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield on Tuesday which mean they will definitely spend Christmas in the bottom four.

The first half was particularly grim, leaving Redfearn to tear into his squad at half-time, something he described as a “condemnation of them as professional footballers”.

The boss says they need to realise how lucky they are.

“They are in a privileged position,” he said. “I played nearly a 1,000 games and I played in all divisions, Premier League, right down to the Conference. 

“This is worth fighting for, let me tell you, because the alternative is getting up at seven in the morning, going to B&Q, working nine until half five, getting paid £5 an hour and getting home at seven at night every day of the week.

“It took a bollocking at half-time for them to come out and play with a little bit of spirit, it's criminal, that should never happen.

“What has got to be a given for us is that battling fighting spirit. We didn't see that for 45 minutes and that can't happen.

“There's no excuse for them when they go out, they know what's needed. They are probably more organised now than they have ever been. There's no excuse for them to go out and perform like that.

For me to have to go in at half-time and bollock them to get it out of them is a condemnation of them as professional footballers."

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