ROTHERHAM United swept to the top of League One only for beaten opposition boss Karl Robinson to claim his team are a superior side.
Robinson watched Oxford United lose at the Kassam Stadium for the first time since August as Paul Warne's men turned on the style in the first half on Saturday afternoon.
Rotherham dominated the opening period and led 3-0 at the break, then withstood the home outfit's second-half pressure to see out the contest to move above Wycombe Wanderers into pole position.
Robinson, manager of the fifth-placed U's, said: "They're top and we’ve shown we’re probably a better team than them.
"They just hit us on the break in certain areas, so a naivety in our game has cost us. They’re top and they are the benchmark."
Two goals from Kyle Vassell and one from Richard Wood gave Rotherham a 3-1 victory and extended their winning league run to four matches.
The Millers have won more games, 13, than any other side in the division and are the highest scorers with 45. Their goal difference of +19 is also the best in the third tier.
Midfielder Matt Crooks was the Man of the Match as Paul Warne's men won for the eighth time on the road this season.
"One of our biggest strengths is that middle part of the pitch and we lost the midfield battle," Robinson added.
"Then we didn’t win the second balls and suddenly if you don’t do that against Rotherham they turn you around and hit you on the break. It’s clearly obvious."
Warne said: "I said to the lads at half-time: 'What do you think I'm going to say to you?' They said: 'Don't let them back into it and just keep your standards up.'
"Oxford have brought in players in this transfer window and made two attacking substitutions.
"We rode our luck a little bit in the second half. I'm pleased to come away with the win. Roll on the next game."
The Millers are at home to Bristol Rovers next Saturday.