Rotherham United boss Matt Taylor believes the Burnley players made an ‘honest mistake’ in warming down in front of the home fans as the Millers celebrated their point in a 2-2 draw against the Clarets.
Scott Twine gave the Clarets the advantage as they looked the dominant side, but Shane Ferguson’s corner went straight through via Vitinho as the Millers equalised in first half stoppage time. Manuel Benson’s stunning curling effort after the break looked like it might ensure the three points for the Clarets, but Millers substitute Georgie Kelly slotted home as full-time approached as the spoils were shared.
Second place Sheffield United meanwhile beat Bristol City at Bramall Lane this evening. It means that Burnley are forced to wait until Saturday for their next chance to be confirmed as champions of the second tier as they host QPR at Turf Moor.
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At the conclusion of the fixture, as is normal, the Clarets substitutes completed a warm down on the pitch. However, Millers boss Taylor was unhappy with the visitors doing so while the hosts celebrated the point with their supporters.
But the Millers boss felt it was an honest mistake by the visitors and they understood his complaints. He believes his side deserved to get something out of the encounter and they managed to do just that.
Taylor said: “I said my peace, I think it was an honest mistake, I’d like to think it was an honest mistake, but Burnley are champions elect and they’ve won the league and they deserve all the credit in relation to that, but there were times tonight where I thought things were going their way and just moments where it was an important moment for our players and fans and they didn’t need to do it, but I’m sure it was just an honest mistake. But I said what I needed to say and they understood it.
“Two cracking games against them, we were unlucky at their place. We felt we deserved something out of the game but belief is an incredible thing. It’s boosted by what happens, that’s why that equalising goal just before half-time was so important. The players felt a lot better about themselves and I was so proud watching the second half.”
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