Rotherham United boss speaks of pride after first 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.
“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.
“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.”