Matt Taylor orders downtime for Rotherham United’s squad

ROTHERHAM United's players have been given a week off as the Championship programme shuts down for the fortnight-long international break.
Rotherham United boss Matt Taylor watches Championship events unfold at Southampton. Picture: Jim BrailsfordRotherham United boss Matt Taylor watches Championship events unfold at Southampton. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Rotherham United boss Matt Taylor watches Championship events unfold at Southampton. Picture: Jim Brailsford

Manager Matt Taylor has told his squad he doesn't want to see them until Sunday when they will return to their Roundwood base to begin preparations for the following Friday's visit of high-flying Ipswich Town.

The Millers signed off by picking up their first away point of the season, surviving a Southampton onslaught at St Mary's Stadium last Saturday before hitting back in the second half to force a 1-1 draw in front of a bumper away following of 1,054 fans.

Taylor's men have struggled on their travels this season and, 11 matches into their league campaign, are in the drop zone, but the boss says he feels nothing but pride in his team.

"I'm always proud of them because I see what they do every single day, I see the effort they put in," he said.

"There are times when we look like we're not good enough in the Championship - that's a horrible thing to say as a manager, a horrible admission - but I believe we are good enough to stay up."

The Saints, who were a Premier League outfit last term, destroyed Rotherham in the first half but the visitors changed formation after half an hour and managed to gain a foothold in the contest.

A superb 74th-minute opportunist volley from substitute Jordan Hugill cancelled out Stuart Armstrong's second-minute opener.

"We have to pick up points when we're in games, which is what we did today," Taylor said.

"I'm so pleased with how the players moved the ball in the second half. Now we have to back that up with a rest and then a big performance at home to Ipswich."

The promoted Tractor Boys are unbeaten on their travels, but Taylor is backing the Millers to go toe to toe with the second-placed side at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Five of the Millers' six points have come on their own turf and the boss said: "Our home form has generally been pretty good."