Boss Matt Taylor's verdict on Rotherham United's defending after a 3-1 loss to Bristol City

Ollie Rathbone in action against Bristol City. Picture by Kerrie BeddowsOllie Rathbone in action against Bristol City. Picture by Kerrie Beddows
Ollie Rathbone in action against Bristol City. Picture by Kerrie Beddows
MANAGER Matt Taylor admitted Rotherham United were found defensively wanting after watching his side suffer a home defeat in their first match after the international break.

The Championship Millers were beaten 3-1 in the lunch-time kick-off at AESSEAL New York Stadium by Bristol City as they paid the price for conceding two soft goals before half-time.

The boss said: “It is really tough to take. We are better defensively than we showed today. I hope it’s a one-off.

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"The first two goals came from basic deliveries in behind our backline that we could not deal with.

"We tried to shore that up second half and chase the game but our execution and quality started to let us down."

Rotherham fell behind early on through a Wes Harding own goal before Chiedozie Ogbene equalised with his seventh goal of the season.

Joe Williams put the visitors ahead again and Cameron Pring wrapped up all three points after the interval.

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Rotherham fought to find a way back into the match in the second half but were unable to score again.

“Second half, we didn’t create enough chances," Taylor said. "Bristol City sat a little bit deeper. We did not beat enough players one versus one and there was not enough quality.

“We were a little bit slow and stodgy and we did not work the goalkeeper enough. 

“Today was a really big missed opportunity because we think we are well matched with Bristol City."

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The Robins attacked well down the flanks and manager Nigel Pearson said: "I suppose we caused Rotherham similar types of problems to what they normally pose to their opponents. All three goals came from a ball from a wide area.

“It was important to try and start quicker than them. They score a big proportion of their goals early in games. I think they are a very good home side."

The loss saw the Millers slip a place to 17th in the table and they could go lower if other results in the division later today go against them.