Middlesbrough FC news: Rotherham winger issues Boro warning as Bristol City boss delivers play-off verdict

Rotherham winger Ryan Williams hopes the club's relegation to League One will help relieve some pressure ahead of Sunday's clash with Middlesbrough.

Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 3:42 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 7:45 pm
Rotherham winger Ryan Williams is determined to finish the season on a high.

The Millers' demotion from the Championship was confirmed on Saturday following their 2-1 defeat at West Brom - Rotherham's fifth game without a win.

Yet Williams, who has made 37 league appearances this campaign, is determined to finish the season on a high at the AESSEAL New York Stadium this weekend.

“I think everyone will be keen to finish on a high and prove a point for next season," said Williams.

"It is important to finish well, we want to show the fans just how much a result means to everyone. We might have been relegated, but we are a proud group and every match matters. It would be a nice way to end if we could give the fans something to cheer about.

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“We can go out there, give it a real good go, express ourselves and show what we can do. It is the last game of the season, so we want to enjoy it and try and put on a show.”

Seventh-place Boro still have a chance of reaching the play-offs but will need promotion rivals Derby to drop points at Swansea on Wednesday night, and then again against West Brom on Sunday.

And despite a gap of 30 points separating Boro and Rotherham, Williams believes his side can cause an upset.

“I don't think we could have given any more this season if I am honest," added Williams. "All the boys, staff and everyone associated with the club have worked really hard this season.

"We have given our best, and I think on some occasions we just haven't had that little bit of luck.

“We gave ourselves a lot to do over the last five games. Everyone has given their all but it just wasn't to be in the end. The pressure is off now, we can really try and put on a big display for the fans. The feeling is still one of positivity, we know as a team we'll be going into next season from a strong place.”

Boro and Derby aren't the only two sides fighting to finish in the final play-off position, though, with Bristol City also in with a chance.

Like Derby, the Robbins have two games left to play, but would realistically need to beat both Millwall and Hull, while hoping both Derby and Boro slip up.

Yet, following Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Derby, Bristol boss Lee Johnson hasn't given up hope just yet.

"We have to win the game, it is that simple," he said.

"We can absolutely put Derby County and Middlesbrough under pressure.

"Derby have got a really tough game against Swansea so that will be interesting and we are going to go and do our job against Millwall.

"It is not over by any stretch of the imagination, of course it is not in in our hands any more; at that point all we can do is our own job."