The Millers failed to make it to round 4 for the 14th year, and yet again added insult to injury by failing to overcome lower league opposition for the 8th time in recent years.
Speaking after the game, caretaker boss Paul Warne pulled no punches; “The overriding feeling is one of embarrassment, I am embarrassed, I don’t know what to say to the fans, I have to go and speak to the chairman and explain it.”
“The way they performed in the first half was inexcusable, As good as they were in the second half, it makes the first half even worse. You could see how well the lads can play when they are on song.”
“It was a tough game, I didn’t see it as a banana skin. I knew Oxford were a good side. Some of our individuals went out there and under-performed in a big way in the first half.”
Warne was scathing at times, questioning his teams desire; “They looked sharper than us. I hate to say it, they looked fitter than us, They had more energy and desire than us. They built on some early confidence and I was standing there thinking that we were in trouble."
“Some of my players didn’t want to take responsibility, they didn’t want the ball, didn’t want the crowd on their back. Well, boo hoo, sometimes you’re going to get the crowd on your back.”