Rotherham boss Ronnie Moore was furious with the linesman after watching his side suffer a 1-0 defeat at the hands of promotion rivals Notts County.
Luke Rodgers' last-minute winner condemned the Millers to their 11th defeat of the season after they had a Marcus Marshall goal ruled out for offside.
``Football is a cruel game sometimes, and it is especially difficult to take now because I never saw a defeat coming,'' said Moore. ``For the first 15 minutes we were not at the races but after that we were in command. I can't believe the linesman has ruled our goal offside."
He added: "It's a crucial decision and Marshall has put it in legitimately but he said [Adam] Le Fondre got a touch which is nonsense.
``I can't fault the players though because they gave everything and we came here and held our own. With such a tremendous work-rate and tempo we can move on with our heads held high.''
His opposite number Steve Cotterill was delighted with the result which stretches County's unbeaten run to 10 games and keeps them on track for automatic promotion.
``It was a great game. It ebbed and flowed and it looked like it was going to finish goalless but with the chances we missed that would have been unfair,'' said Cotterill.
``We could have been 3-0 up after 20 minutes so although we left it late, we deserved all three points. Credit to Rotherham though because they gave our central midfielders a really hard time.
``One-nil victories win you leagues and I'm extremely pleased we kept another clean sheet, which is our seventh in eight games.
``Since I've arrived I've been impressed with the quality from the players I inherited. They've been first class and I can't credit them enough. I want to keep pushing them to make sure they get their rewards.''
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