Millers boss Steve Evans was left disappointed after his side fell to a 3-2 defeat in the South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Ben Pringle put the hosts ahead before Atdhe Nuhiu replied for the visitors. Seconds after the Owls had restored parity substitute Jordan Bowery fired the Millers back in front, but late goals from Caolan Lavery and then Kieran Lee meant Stuart Gray’s men made the short journey home with maximum points.
The Millers dominated for large spells of the game at AESSEAL New York Stadium but let their concentration slip as the Owls scored twice late on to snatch the victory:
“The best team lost but you can’t get to 93 minutes and then defend poorly,” Evans confessed.
“You can’t let people have free headers from free kicks and your midfield players need to track their midfield runners when they’re coming through at the end of the game.”
“I think we played the football in the second half and commanded it but we need to defend properly.”
Bowery’s instant reply to Nuhiu’s equaliser in the 87th minute looked to have set the hosts on course for three points, but the Millers boss admitted that he didn’t think anything was decided at that point:
“I didn’t think we’d won it, but I certainly thought we’d get something from it. I never believe a game is finished until it’s finished but they didn’t deserve to win, but they have won so it’s pretty hard to take.
“The dressing room was very quiet after the game with people close to tears, if not in tears but that’s just the emotion of the game."