Millwall manager Ian Holloway witnessed his own fans chant for his head after they were beaten in the Sky Bet Championship at Rotherham before the away following turned nasty at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
The Lions led through Martyn Woolford’s first-half volley but were undone by second-half goals from Danny Ward and Kari Arnason as the Millers moved six points clear of their visitors, who occupy the final spot in the bottom three.
After Arnason’s 85th-minute winner went in, large sections of a 1300-strong following chanted for Holloway to be sacked before taking their anger out on the Rotherham fans by trying to invade home areas of the stadium.
Riot police were called into action to keep the angry hordes at bay, with reports of further violence outside the ground after full-time.
Holloway chose to speak only about football matters after the game, though did question what he could do to stop the trouble.
He said: “I didn’t see it, I was concentrating on my job and I felt I acted with dignity from start to finish.
“So the Rotherham fans who were shouting at me about that, what do they want me to do, I am football manager. We’ll have to wait and see on that.”
The Lions have no wins in four games and losing to their nearest rivals was a body blow.
But Holloway, who is happy to take the pressure from the fans, kept them up from a worse position last season and is confident he can repeat the trick for a second year running.
“A point here would have kept them closer to us,” he said. “It looks very difficult but it’s not - there’s 12 games left.
“This time last year we had the same points as we have got now, with nine games left we dropped to rock bottom and stayed up.
“There’s more than enough points for us. We need to get through this period where things are going against us.
“Results are what it is all about, I’m not getting them then the fans turn on me, I’m glad there doing that and not on the team.
“Everyone is under pressure, but the truth is that’s where football is these days.
“We’re in a results business, I’m not getting them and we will discuss that as a club, we won’t be forced into anything by other people.
“The more noise you make the more likely it is to happen, I’m fully aware of the job I’ve got to do.
“I believe I can turn this around but if other people don’t then it’s not in my control. If the supporters had the button they would probably have pushed it.”
For Rotherham it was a vital win and extended their unbeaten home run to four matches, though that looked a long way off at half-time after a limp first-half display.
But Ward and Arnason rescued them to give them a result boss Steve Evans felt they were worthy of.
“It was a lot of character shown,” said Evans. “We got them in at half-time and they were feeling a little bit sorry for themselves.
“I told them to relax and that I’d stand in front of them whatever happened.
“It helps when we get the early goal but it would have been a travesty if we don’t win the game because we have laid siege to their goal.”