Hurting captain Craig Morgan has revealed the mood in the Rotherham United dressing room after the derby defeat to Sheffield Wednesday was as low as any he’s ever experienced in football.
The Millers lost to two goals in timed added on at AEESEAL New York Stadium after being 2-1 ahead with three minutes of normal time remaining in the sell-out Championsip showdown.
“I don’t think it gets much worse than that, to be honest,” the 29-year-old centre-half admitted.
“ A player can’t feel any worse. It’s a very, very low place, the dressing room . We have to reflect on what happened over the next few days. We’re obviously disappointed to go from leading 2-1 to losing the game.”
After substitute Jordan Bowery had shot Rotherham into an 87th-minute lead, the Owls hit back amid incredible secenes through striker Atdhe Nuhiu in the 93rd minute and midfielder Kieran Lee in the 97th.
“Even when it goes to a draw we have to make sure we stay in the game and take a point,” Morgan added. “I don’t think there was anything needed to be said by the manager. Every knows, and everyone feels the same.”
Despite Nuhiu’s goal, Morgan felt the Millers were up to the challenge posed by the giant Owls targetman .
“I think we coped with him well,” he said. “We were enjoying the game. It was a good battle. Both teams were at it and the referee let things go. It was just a good contest.”
Millers manager Steve Evans couldn’t contain his joy when his side went 2-1 in front, running on to the New York playing surface to celebrate.
“It gets noted that I was on the pitch, but there are about 17 staff at Wednesday and they were all on the pitch when their third goal went in,” he said. “That’s the emotion of the game, isn’t it?
“You think when you get a late goal like that you’re going to get something from the game, It’s just hard to take.
“I’ve never been involved in a game like that where you lose a goal in 93 minutes when the referee had added seven and then, our medical team tell me, the winner goes in the net after eight minutes and 25 seconds.
“We have to come back in to training and pick ourselves up.”
Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray believes the fact that Rotherham played on Wednesday evening instead of the usual Tuesday ahead of last Saturday’s clash worked in his team’s favour and helped their late fightback.
“Rotherham put a lot of energy into the game at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night so there are going to be tired bodies,” he said.
“If you score in the first minute you’ve still got 94 to go.
“Score two goals in added time and it’s different!”
Meanwhile, Rotherham have inserted a 24-hour recall clause in the deal which allows centre-half Richard Wood to remain on loan at Crawley Town until the end of the season. Wood initially joined the Red Devils on a one-month deal.