The manager gives his view on the crowd's after-match reaction to a Millers defeat

ROTHERHAM United manager Matt Taylor has responded to the boos which greeted his side's 2-1 Championship home loss to Bristol City last night.
Boss Matt Taylor watches Championship events unfold between Rotherham United and Bristol City at AESSEAL New York Stadium. Picture: Jim BrailsfordBoss Matt Taylor watches Championship events unfold between Rotherham United and Bristol City at AESSEAL New York Stadium. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Boss Matt Taylor watches Championship events unfold between Rotherham United and Bristol City at AESSEAL New York Stadium. Picture: Jim Brailsford

The Millers were beaten by a Robins goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time and on the final whistle a minority of fans voiced their displeasure at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Rotherham had fought back from a goal down and had been pushing for a winner when they were hit by last-gasp heartache and the boss admitted he was disappointed by the reaction from some supporters following a defeat that kept the club in 23rd spot.

City's winner was a crushing blow and came when the Millers were down to ten men because centre-half Tyler Blackett had left the pitch injured a couple of minutes earlier when all five substitutions had already been made.

"If we don't play well, then it's justified," Taylor said. "But, with no disrespect, I don't think people would be booing the players and myself if they knew the magnitude of that moment.

"It's incredible with the effort the players put in. To get a little reception like that does not make them feel any better."

Rotherham head to Southampton on Saturday with an injury crisis in their backline because of the absence of three senior centre-backs: Sean Morrison, Cameron Humphreys and now Blackett.

Midfielder Hakeem Odoffin offers cover in that role but he, too, is in the treatment room.

Grant Hall, just back after being sidelined for more than two months, is the only fit central defender and right-back Lee Peltier is likely to be pressed into emergency service in that role again this weekend after playing well there against the Robins.

Reflecting on a result that left the Millers with one win in the opening ten league matches, Taylor said: "That game could have gone any other way tonight. But it's gone against us and we have to dust ourselves down and keep going."