Football can be cruel - Westley

Boro boss Graham Westley. Photo: Alan Millard

Boro boss Graham Westley. Photo: Alan Millard - Credit: Archant

Graham Westley praised his team’s attitude against Rotherham and believes they will respond on Tuesday when they travel to Leyton Orient.

Boro were denied a draw at New York Stadium when Lee Frecklington scored at 88th minute winner to cancel out Francois Zoko’s equaliser two minute earlier.

After the game, Westley said: “I feel for the lads; they put a lot of work in, played some really good stuff and on chances we were probably in the ascendancy. Football can be cruel and it certainly was to us this afternoon.”

He added: “Rotherham have a good home form and form in general, they’re going well and they have a big squad of experienced players; that’s the type of squad we’re playing against but I thought we were terrific.”

The Millers’ first goal was controversial as Chris Day was seemingly fouled in the build up to Wes Thomas’ strike. Westley admitted he was “devastated” not to get the decision.

“We not going to look for excuses but Day had his hands on the ball, Revell makes no contact with the ball and a lot of contact with the keeper and the ball runs loose. Ninety-nine times out of 100 I think you see a free-kick given.

“I find it tough to accept that there was no foul on Chris Day.”

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Despite the tough loss, Westley, whose side sit bottom of League One, insisted he has the players in the dressing room to bounce back on Tuesday against Leyton Orient.

“There’s always a sense of injustice when you concede a goal like the goal one. We worked so hard to get back in it and had some really good momemnts.

“We kept our discipline and desire, eked out an equaliser and then to throw it away is hard to take but we have enough strength of character, know-how and experience to respond in the right way.