QPR full back Jake Bidwell expects Rotherham United to be scrapping for their lives when the Millers visit Loftus Road on Saturday.
Last season, under Neil Warnock, the Yorkshire side pulled off the great escape and the former Brentford man had a hard time dealing with their physicality when the Bees visited there in February 2016, citing “It's a game of football, not a game of basketball.”
This time around, Rotherham could be relegated on Saturday if they lose, while Blackburn and Nottingham Forest win with Burton Albion picking up a point.
But the 23-year-old knows that the Millers will be fighting to stay alive another day and it is up to Rangers to prove their qualities.
Bidwell said: “Everyone knows what they're about and they're fighting for their lives and they will until they're mathematically down.
“We are going to have to be up for it and match them in that department and, with the quality we've got, hopefully it'll come good on the day.”
Victory for QPR would take Hoops to 50 points which should ensure Championship safety but the play-offs look beyond Rangers this season, leaving Bidwell viewing the remaining fixtures as a chance to gain some momentum for next season.
He added: “I think the play-offs may be too far away and it's about finishing as high as you can and get a good feeling around the place.
“If you have a strong finish, the fans might be more excited for next season and use that to hopefully get us a decent foothold to go into next season with a better feeling around the place.
“We've got the derby coming up in a few weeks but it's the same as every other game.”
It has been a topsy turvy season for QPR but the club appear to be in a good place under Ian Holloway and Bidwell knows there are signs that Rangers are heading in the right direction.
The full back explained: “He's enthusiastic and that rubs off on his teams. He wants aggression and energy in his sides. The longer the season has gone on you're seeing his side reflected on the pitch.”
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