Neil Warnock has hailed the work of coaches Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson, who both played under him at Huddersfield Town, in Rotherham United’s climb away from the relegation zone.

The 21st-placed Millers have been on a magnificent unbeaten run - six wins from eight games - and are level on 46 points with Town and Nottingham Forest, nine above the drop zone with five games to go.

They play host to Forest on Saturday and Town next Tuesday after putting four without replay past third-bottom MK Dons.

Vastly experienced Warnock, who numbered Rotherham among his eight clubs as a player in the sixties and seventies, took charge at the New York Stadium on a short-term deal in mid-February.

The 67-year-old led Town to promotion from what is now League I in 1995 and has also managed Scarborough, Notts County, Plymouth Argyle, Oldham Athletic, Bury, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR and Leeds United.

Former striker Jepson also had a spell as coach at Town under Stan Ternent and Warnock said: “Kevin and Ronnie have worked really hard on both the defensive side and the attacking, and the players listen to us.

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“The lads know what we want. We might get beaten by a little bit of skill from the opposition at this level, but being well organised and knowing what we are doing has helped us.

“We don’t concede a lot of goals and we have got a bit of flair now and an ability to score goals, which is a good recipe.

“With five games to go, I am enjoying it.

“I want to win every game and Forest is massive. I had a chance to go there last year in a similar capacity but, due to unforeseen circumstances, it didn’t develop.

“Then it’s Huddersfield, my old club, then Wolves and Blackburn before we go to Hull, so it’s a great run-in.”

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