Matt Taylor expects a fine and ban after the Preston North End game but the Rotherham United boss doesn’t care

FUMING Rotherham United manager Matt Taylor is facing a touchline ban after picking up his third caution of the season in today's draw with Championship pace-setters Preston North End.
Scorer Jordan Hugill in possession for Rotherham United against Preston North End. Picture: Jim BrailsfordScorer Jordan Hugill in possession for Rotherham United against Preston North End. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Scorer Jordan Hugill in possession for Rotherham United against Preston North End. Picture: Jim Brailsford

The boss went into referee Sam Allison's book for complaining about two decisions that went against his side at AESSEAL New York Stadium but was unrepentant after the clash.

"My blood is still boiling now," he said. "I'll pay the fine out of my own pocket. It's important I stand up for my players. It happens too often to Rotherham."

Taylor thought Preston's equaliser should have been ruled out for a foul on goalkeeper Viktor Johansson and was then incensed that play wasn't halted when midfielder Christ Tiehi went down with a head injury.

He now expects to watch next Saturday's match at Cardiff City from the stands.

"I have to somehow find a way of highlighting the deficiencies," he said. "I will keep getting fined and I'll keep paying them.

"We have got full-time referees at Championship level but it doesn’t look like it. Will anything get done? Time will tell."

His outburst shouldn't detract from an excellent display from his side who put two successive away defeats behind them to push the only unbeaten team in the division all the way despite losing centre-half Cameron Humphreys to injury at half-time.

"It was a good game of football," said Taylor after Liam Lindsay's header had cancelled out Jordan Hugill's wonder-strike for the hosts. "Things seemed to go against us at certain moments. Preston are a good team.

"We had to rejig things at half-time and. I did not envisage having that defence (Dexter Lembikisa, Tyler Blackett and Cohen Bramall) in the second half but it was a case of needs must. Tyler was what I want him to be, a man mountain."

Lilywhites boss Ryan Lowe praised the Millers for the way they held his side.

"It’s a fantastic point for us," he said. "Coming here was always going to be tough. We would have loved three points, of course, but we say if you can’t win it, don’t lose it.

"We thought we opened them up enough to get the winner but it wasn’t to be.

"We were disappointed to concede but it’s a great goal from Jordan. Credit where it’s due. Both teams were looking to win it."