'Monstrous' ... Boss Matt Taylor's description of the official's error that led to Rotherham United's last-gasp heartache at Burnley

Matt TaylorMatt Taylor
Matt Taylor
FUMING Rotherham United boss Matt Taylor has hit out at the "monstrous" decision that cost his side a point at Championship table-toppers Burnley last night.

The Millers, down to ten men after the controversial sending-off of Cohen Bramall, were drawing 2-2 in the tenth minute of stoppage time at Turf Moor when the ball clearly came off Clarets player Manuell Benson as it went out for a throw-in.

Wes Harding went to take the throw but the award went to the home side and they took advantage of the Rotherham defender being off the pitch to snatch a last-gasp decider through Halil Dervisoglu.

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"The third goal shouldn't stand because it's our throw, in front of the linesman who was two yards away," said Taylor who had watched his battling team take a one-goal advantage into time added on.

"That's a monstrous decision in the 100th minute of a football match when it leads to the winning goal.

"You could see by my players' reaction (that it was the wrong call). They're honest, intelligent, good people. They were furious beyond belief. That is a really poor moment from a linesman who didn't help the game in any way."

The visitors were leading 2-1 through Ben Wiles and Chiedozie Ogbene when Cohen Bramall received a second yellow card in the 75th minute for an alleged foul on Connor Roberts to leave them a man short.

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Taylor said there were camera angles that showed no contact was made.

Rotherham fought on heroically but Benson scored a superb 91st-minute equaliser through Benson who was then involved in the incident that cost them so dearly.

"I'm gutted for the players," Taylor said. "They deserved something to show for their efforts and, at times, their quality.

"They moved the ball pretty well; not often enough but they weren't able to do that against good opposition.

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"When you come to the league leaders at a place like this, you need two things: a little bit of luck and a little bit of help from the officials. When I say 'help', I mean you just need them to make the right decisions.

"That certainly didn't happen tonight. I don't want that to take away from what was generally an excellent performance."

Harding had shaped to pick up the ball on the touchline and then remonstrated with the assistant referee when the official made his inexcusable error.

"Wes is out of position. We're down to ten men anyway so we're a little bit short in relation to that as well," Taylor said. "Unfortunately, the linesman didn't see what probably 17,500 people in the stadium did."