Manager Matt Taylor reacts to Rotherham United's cruel loss to Leicester City and talks about the disallowed Millers goal

The home side deserved a share of the spoils.
Jordan Hugill in first-half action. Picture: Jim BrailsfordJordan Hugill in first-half action. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Jordan Hugill in first-half action. Picture: Jim Brailsford

ROTHERHAM United boss Matt Taylor admitted he and his players were feeling the pain after today coming within minutes of holding Championship leaders Leicester City to a draw with their best performance of the season.

The Millers matched the visitors to AESSEAL New York Stadium every step of the way and deserved to take something from a contest against big-spending opponents who were in the Premier League last term.

The home side fell behind after having an early 'goal' disallowed but hit back to equalise only to lose the match 2-1 in the closing minutes when the Foxes struck again.

Taylor, whose injury-hit side have suffered three losses in their opening four league games but look more than capable of competing in the division, said: "We are in a little bit of pain right now.

"Apart from the first 45 minutes at Stoke City on opening day, we have competed in every game and showed signs of being a really good team. We have not picked up the points we feel we have merited."

Leicester opened the scoring through Kasey McAteer, Fred Onyedinma levelled with a header - his second goal in his last two outings - and McAteer struck again late on to heap misery on Rotherham.

The Millers thought they had gone in front when Cameron Humphreys' header from Cafu's corner was helped over the line by Jordan Hugill but referee Simon Hooper ruled out the effort after consulting one of his assistants.

Taylor, who tackled the officials about the decision after the match, said: "It was disallowed for two reasons, offside (Hugill) and a foul on the goalkeeper (by Dexter Lembikisa). Both were marginal.

"If that's a foul, then a lot is going to get given from set-piece moments this season."

The Millers had six potential first-teamers in the dressing room and were unable to affect the contest with substitutions as much as Taylor would have liked.

"We got a little bit weaker as the game went on," he said. "But we have more than held our own against one of the best teams in the league. We just needed a little bit more in terms of the bench."