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Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn: We are good enough to stay up

Embattled Rotherham manager Neil Redfearn is defiant in his belief that his side have already shown they have enough to get themselves out of relegation danger this season.

The Millers were plunged back into the drop zone on Saturday after a dire seven days which saw them lose to fellow strugglers Charlton and Bolton.

With an unenviable run of fixtures coming - they face current top-eight opposition in six of the next eight games - there was a sense that Redfearn's men had to deliver at least a four-point haul from those two clashes in order to give themselves a cushion at the foot of the table.

However, different, but equally demoralising losses has seen them return to the relegation zone for the first time in 2016.

While the display against Charlton was below-par, the Millers produced enough against Bolton to take at least a point, only to be hurt by missed chances, with Neil Lennon's crisis-club snatching the win two minutes into stoppage time.

Although, the fixture list does not look friendly, Redfearn points to wins over promotion-chasers Hull and Brighton as reason for optimism.

"There are 16 games left, 16 cup finals. We’re still in there. The season doesn’t end now, it ends in May," Redfearn said.

"But from day one we were in a mess. We were in a bad situation.

"We have gradually got better performances. We have picked up some good results.

"We’ve got enough to get out of it. We have proved that we have enough with the results we’ve had against top sides."

The performance at Bolton was nowhere near the level of those two landmark wins over Hull and Brighton, but they were worthy of at least a point at the Macron Stadium and undoubtedly had the better chances to win it.

They failed to make the most of them, though, and were undone in injury time.

“To lose like that at the end is just a gutting blow for everybody," Redfearn added.

"It's cruel because the worst-case scenario should be coming away with a point thinking we should have won. To come away with nothing on the back of that performance is really galling.

“We had good chances in the first half, we had great chances in the second. We couldn’t get the goal and then I look at their goal at the end there and I am expecting defenders to get their bodies in the way."

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