Manager Matt Taylor reacts to defeat for Rotherham United as the Millers are made to wait for safety by Cardiff City
A win at home to Cardiff City tonight would have virtually guaranteed the Millers' safety but they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against the Bluebirds as they conceded late on to lose for the second successive match.
"We'll let the players grieve for a day tomorrow. It's important they feel down," Taylor said. "Then it's two huge games."
Rotherham are in 20th spot, three points above third-bottom Reading.
The boss said his team were "out-powered" by the visitors who all but made mathematically ensured their own survival with their victory
“It’s a tough blow right at the end," Taylor said. "It was a really gutting moment. Their frontline caused us constant problems."
Cardiff went in front early on through Kion Etete and then Sory Kaba missed a penalty on the stroke of half-time after Chiedozie Ogbene had equalised for the Millers. The home side looked set to take a point until Cedric Kipre won it at the death for the Bluebirds.
“Their threat was obvious and we tried to address that at half-time," Taylor said. "We got away with the penalty miss. We looked a bit nervy every time the ball got in and around our backline in the first half. I was so pleased that we got back into the game.
“I don’t think the tension affected us too much. I think the opposition pushed us into some scary moments and their physicality told. They out-powered us at times.”
City manager Sabri Lamouchi said: “It is not mathematically done but we are so close. The players deserved the win. I saw my players with the right mentality. We created the chances."