Rotherham United manager Paul Warne admits it was disappointing to hear when told Derby County had relegated Sheffield Wednesday following a late equaliser.
It was a chaotic season finale with Rotherham, Wednesday and Derby vying for survival.
The Owls travelled to Derby knowing a victory would see them overtake the Rams.
Wednesday twice lead 1-0 and 3-2, but a late Martyn Waghorn penalty saw Wayne Rooney’s side draw level and they held out for a 3-3 draw which preserved their Championship status.
Rotherham, meanwhile, would have ultimately stayed up with victory and Derby failing to win. However, Paul Warne’s side drew 1-1 with Cardiff City’s Marlon Pack netting a late equaliser.
Speaking immediately after the game, Warne believed the Owls were still leading 3-2 but when told of Derby’s late equaliser to send Wednesday down, he showed his disappointment.
“Well that’s disappointing. I’ve got a lot of things which I don’t want to say about that,” Warne explained.
Rotherham and Derby were involved in a bitter game at the New York Stadium in January.
The encounter had twice been postponed, so tension was rife, and the Millers went on to secure a 3-0 win with three late goals prompting an impressive double over the Rams.
Derby boss Wayne Rooney, however, was left aggrieved following a supposed lack of professionalism coming from Rotherham club staff which he later branded an embarrassment.
While Warne’s only focus would have been on Rotherham’s survival chances, he may have felt some sort of scant consolation had Wednesday managed to send Derby down too.
Ultimately, it was the Rams who prevailed on what was a hectic final day.