Frustrated Rotherham United boss Matt Taylor reacts to the decision that cost the Millers victory over Blackburn Rovers

Rotherham United boss Matt TaylorRotherham United boss Matt Taylor
Rotherham United boss Matt Taylor
ROTHERHAM United manager Matt Taylor vented his anger over the sending-off of Fred Onyedinma after watching his ten-man side give up a two-goal advantage to draw 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.

The winger was dismissed just minutes after putting the Millers 2-0 in front early in the second half and the decision to award him two yellow cards in as many minutes from referee Bobby Madley enraged the home crowd and baffled the boss.

It turned the tide of the game and left Rotherham having to hang on deep into added time at AESSEAL New York Stadium for their first point of the Championship campaign.

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Loanee Onyedinma fell foul of Madley for his goal celebration and then signalling that he thought Rovers midfielder Adam Wharton should be cautioned for fouling him.

Technically, both are bookable offences under the new rules introduced by the EFL.

Taylor said: "The first yellow is my biggest frustration. We go 2-0 up, it’s Fred’s first goal and there is emotion. He gets pushed into the crowd by his teammates celebrating.

"Football is going in a strange direction right now. I know they are trying to make it a better product, but I would argue that it isn’t a better product right now.

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"I thought we went through every emotion known to man. There was jubilation and then a few minutes later Fred gets sent off. At least we got something out of the match.

"I have not enjoyed the first two games of the season. I have seen a whole host of yellow cards for very little. We are gutted we did not take more from that game."

Sammie Szmodics saw his 15th-minute penalty hit the post before he struck twice in three minutes towards the end to salvage a draw for Blackburn.

Rovers head coach Jon Dahl Tomasson said: "It was a bit of a rollercoaster but entertaining for the fans. I think our fans will be disappointed we didn’t come away with three points.

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"We did not do enough of the right things in the first half. If we score that penalty then it would be a different game.

"I stopped counting the number of chances we created. Rotherham did really, really well and defended with great spirit. So credit to them."