Rotherham United manager Matt Taylor addresses job concerns after defeat to Bristol City

MANAGER Matt Taylor tonight faced up to the fact that his job may be coming under threat after Rotherham United's worst start to a Championship season since 2004.
Rotherham United manager Matt Taylor. Picture: Jim BrailsfordRotherham United manager Matt Taylor. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Rotherham United manager Matt Taylor. Picture: Jim Brailsford

A 2-1 defeat at home to Bristol City tonight left the Millers with five points from their opening ten matches and their injury woes worsened with the added-time loss of centre-half Tyler Blackett who had earlier scored their equaliser.

"You can't afford to keep getting beat," Taylor said when he was asked if he was concerned about his position.

Rotherham have been ravaged all season by injuries and the boss has never been able to field anywhere near a full-strength line-up.

His side had been pushing for a winner when City struck at the other end in the last few seconds as substitute Tommy Conway bagged his second goal of the contest.

"When your best players aren't available it is an incredible job and incredible task," he said. "It has got an awful lot harder on the back of tonight. Like I keep saying to the players, you can't lose heart, confidence and will.

"If the supporters do, that's down to them. I understand that to a certain extent, but if there is anything this club is about it's about standing up and showing a bit of character and fight and sticking together.

"It's about understanding that Championship-level football for Rotherham is a hell of an achievement. It was a hell of an achievement last season staying up and what we are up against is an absolute beast. It keeps on taking big chunks out of us.

"But we are still alive. We are 10 games in and still showing signs of brightness in certain moments."

Rotherham, who have lost all five of their league games on the road, head to Southampton on Saturday for the final match before the international break.

He said that the Millers showed spirit against City and went down battling as they suffered a cruel and undeserved loss.

"The manner of tonight's defeat, if you are going to get beat, get beat by giving it everything and showing you are good enough to compete at the level," he said.

"There have been a few away games where we have not shown enough of that, which is frustrating. But you have to believe that A) you are good enough as a manager and B) your players are good enough."