Rotherham United boss speaks of pride after first win at Sheffield United since 1980

Matt Taylor was proud to become the first Rotherham United manager to win at Sheffield United since 1980.
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Taylor succeeded where George Kerr, Billy McEwan, Ronnie Moore, Steve Evans and Paul Warne all failed by overseeing victory at Bramall Lane thanks to Ben Wiles’ first-half goal. Wiles struck eight minutes before the break as the Millers, who were missing six first-team players due to injury, rewrote the history books.

Taylor, who took over from Warne last month, said: “We knew it before the game, I said about 1980 being a long time ago, I wasn’t born, but what it would be like for the fans to witness it.

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“I used myself as an example because I am a Man Utd fan and the games I remember growing up are United-City, United-Liverpool, United-Leeds, the ones with a bit more spice about there.

“Local derbies mean more to the fans and that certainly meant more tonight.

“It means so much to the players because they have taken a few blows in the last few weeks and that is never nice.”

The Millers are making a real fist of staying in the Championship this year having yo-yoed between the second and third tier in recent years and Taylor wants this victory to give belief to his players.

Ben Wiles of Rotherham United celebrates scoring the winner at Sheffield United: Darren Staples / SportimageBen Wiles of Rotherham United celebrates scoring the winner at Sheffield United: Darren Staples / Sportimage
Ben Wiles of Rotherham United celebrates scoring the winner at Sheffield United: Darren Staples / Sportimage
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“It’s a big moment but you have to stay level as a manager,” he added.

“I have been frustrated in the last couple of games because I have felt sorry for the players.

“Everyone is working so hard and it is a difficult league and we have not got what we deserved.”

“We need to keep believing because we will go on runs where we lose games but the players have to keep finding belief,” he continued.

“If this last 10 days have shown anything it shows we can compete. If we look to add a bit more in January and keep moving forward then why can’t we.

“We have to dream about it a little bit more.”

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