ROTHERHAM United skipper Johnny Mullins has admitted that the departure of manager Andy Scott has been “a bitter pill to swallow”.
“We all know about the ups and downs of football and when things like that happen you have to pick yourself up,” said the central defender.
“The gaffer was really good with me personally, after I’d come back from the knee injury, and it was a bitter pill to swallow.
“He did a lot for me while he had been here as he did for a lot of the players in that dressing room as well and there’s no hiding that last week was a difficult week.
“But Darren Patterson (caretaker-boss) and the staff have been brilliant with us. They kept our heads up, we got that win over Macclesfield but we were all really disappointed that we’d nothing to show for our efforts against Crawley (3-0 defeat).”
However, Mullins said he wouldn’t go around blaming things off the pitch for the away loss on Saturday.
“There are 11 players going out there and it’s up to us,” he added.
“Certainly the first half at Crawley was the best we’ve played for 40 to 45 minutes. When they got that late goal in the first hald it was so hard to swallow.
“We can all talk about missed opportunities in that first half but we, as defenders, can’t grumble at that because we’ve not kept a clean sheet.
“They hit us with that sucker punch and then we’ve conceded a penalty early in the second half because we initially didn’t deal well enough with a ball that we allowed to go a long way.
“So, you end up coming off, thinking you’ve played quite well but not got your just rewards. But there is a reason for that.
“The fact is that, while it’s a thin line, we’ve lost and it’s not good enough.”
He said the Millers they have to take positives from the first-half performance into the next game and for the rest of the season.
“We know how well we did in the first half and we were by far the better team,” he said.
“We have to take all that into the home game with Hereford next Saturday.”