They’re were in opposing camps but after arguably the greatest game ever seen at AESSEAL New York Stadium Rotherham United goal hero Paul Green and Derby County manager Steve McClaren agreed on one thing.
The Millers are staying up.
Green had scored one of the goals in an epic 3-3 draw and McClaren admitted his promotion-chasing Rams had been unable to handle Steve Evans’ men as the home side forged a 3-1 54th-minute lead.
“We’re happy with where we are, with how we’re playing. If we keep playing like that, I’m sure we’ll be fine,” said Green as his team eased further away from the Championship drop zone.
Added McClaren, once boss of the England national side: “They’ve got no problem staying in this league, they’re too strong.
“They have got a good way of playing. They’ve got good players who are very effective. We didn’t cope with it very well.”
Derby fought back to salvage a draw and move into the automatic promotion spots while a point for the 20th-placed Millers saw them open up a four-point gap between themselves and the relegation places.
Rotherham have now lost only three of their last 13 matches, and Green said: “We’ve put everything into that game. But we can’t grumble. They’ve come back well. That’s why they’re where they are in the league.
The midfielder’s goal came against one of his old clubs and he couldn’t help showing his delight.
“I’ve missed a couple of chances here in recent weeks so it was nice to get on the scoresheet again,” he said.
“As for celebrating, it just came out!”
Right-back Jack Hunt was stretchered off 31 minutes into a promising first start and his twisted knee was being assessed yesterday.