BEATEN boss Paul Warne admits he thought the game was there for the taking at half-time in Rotherham United's League One clash with in-form Oxford United.
With the score locked at 1-1, the Millers manager believed his side would go on at AESSEAL New York Stadium to record their fourth straight victory.
However, the U's, unbeaten now in their last nine outings, were the better team after the break and bagged a 57th-minute winner through Matt Taylor's header.
“I thought it was a contest between two very good teams." Warne said. "The first half was quite equal.
“I honestly thought in the second half we would go out and win, but they kept their attacks going better than we did. In the final third, our cross or set-piece wasn't right.
“I just didn't feel like we were fluent with the ball. Overall, I am disappointed that we lost, but we have lost to a very good team. Full respect to Karl (Oxford boss Robinson), I thought his team were excellent."
Tariqe Fosu-Henry fired the visitors ahead and Michael Ihiekwe headed home an equaliser before Taylor pounced at the back post.
“The disappointing thing for me was to concede their second goal," Warne added. "Their first goal was a screamer. But for us to concede a headed goal off the smallest player on the pitch is a bit tough to take.
“They're in the best form in the division and they have threats all over the pitch. You could see they're a good team. They just had a little bit more than we did in the final third.”
The loss dropped Rotherham to 11th place, three points away from the play-off places.