Elliot Lee's headed goal in injury time earned Colchester a point against Rotherham in controversial circumstances.

Marcus Bean gave the visitors the lead with an early header but the Millers levelled moments later when Matt Tubbs fired in Ben Pringle's cross.

Kieran Agard converted in a crowded penalty area to put Rotherham in front.

Deep into added time Lee's header was deemed to have crossed the line by the assistant referee.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rotherham boss Steve Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I'm as down as I've ever been. I know there's a minimum of four minutes (of time added on) but they've scored in the fifth.

"We've had enough chances to win the game.

"We've battered them, we've absolutely battered them from start to finish. We've got a tendency to make an error and that's killing us."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"We didn't play well. We couldn't deal with the long ball threat of Rotherham. I lost my rag at half-time.

"The first half was the worst we've played all season. We were beaten up, were were second. We looked like an under-14s team playing against a real seasoned men's team."

"I got a response second half. They kept going and kept going and kept going. A young team, again we finished with teenagers on the pitch. Great character.

"Not playing well and getting a point here is a very good result. Sometimes these are as good as wins. We'll take the point, and we'll go home happy."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Rotherham United

  • 21 Collin
  • 14 Bradley Booked
  • 03 Skarz
  • 10 O'Connor (Milsom - 90' )
  • 06 Mills
  • 04 Arnason
  • 22 Agard
  • 08 Frecklington
  • 16 Tubbs Booked (Eaves - 87' )
  • 09 Revell
  • 18 Pringle (Brindley - 92' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Shearer
  • 02 Brindley
  • 15 Milsom
  • 17 Nardiello
  • 23 Tidser
  • 25 Eaves
  • 31 Rowe

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson
  • 27 Garbutt Booked
  • 15 Bean (Szmodics - 83' )
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 39 Bolger Booked
  • 16 Monakana (Bonne - 52' )
  • 06 Eastmond (Bond - 59' )
  • 09 Morrison
  • 38 Lee Booked
  • 22 Gilbey

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 03 Dickson
  • 14 Bond
  • 18 Eastman
  • 25 Vose
  • 40 Szmodics
  • 41 Bonne
Ref: Seb Stockbridge
Att: 7,096

Match Stats

Shots

16 10

On target

7 3

Corners

5 4

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Colchester United 2.

90:00 +5:50 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Colchester United 2.

90:00 +5:36 Booking

Booking Elliot Lee (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rotherham United 2, Colchester United 2. Elliot Lee (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

90:00 +3:35

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Lee Frecklington.

90:00 +2:49

Attempt missed. Andrew Bond (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

90:00 +2:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Richard Brindley replaces Ben Pringle.

89:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Robert Milsom replaces Michael O'Connor.

87:16

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United).

87:16

Elliot Lee (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Tom Eaves replaces Matt Tubbs.

85:53 Booking

Booking Cian Bolger (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

85:27

Alex Revell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:27

Foul by Cian Bolger (Colchester United).

85:15

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

82:49

Attempt missed. Matt Tubbs (Rotherham United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

82:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Sammie Szmodics replaces Marcus Bean.

81:36

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United).

81:36

Andrew Bond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:44 Booking

Booking Matt Tubbs (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

78:15

Matt Tubbs (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:15

Foul by Cian Bolger (Colchester United).

76:37

Foul by Pablo Mills (Rotherham United).

76:37

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:54

Attempt saved. Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74:29

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

73:35

Foul by Mark Bradley (Rotherham United).

73:35

Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:20

Attempt blocked. Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

67:54

Attempt missed. Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

66:15

Foul by Mark Bradley (Rotherham United).

66:15

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:32

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

65:32

Andrew Bond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:12

Foul by Ben Pringle (Rotherham United).

65:12

Andrew Bond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:50

Attempt saved. Matt Tubbs (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:08

Attempt missed. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left.

61:43

Foul by Kieran Agard (Rotherham United).

61:43

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:06

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United).

61:06

Andrew Bond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:53

Attempt saved. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Andrew Bond replaces Craig Eastmond.

58:22

Attempt missed. Matt Tubbs (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

54:06

Foul by Pablo Mills (Rotherham United).

54:06

Elliot Lee (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:35

Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

51:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Jeffrey Monakana.

49:33

Attempt saved. Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

48:41 Booking

Booking Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

48:20

Alex Revell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:20

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

47:54

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Michael O'Connor.

47:28

Attempt blocked. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Rotherham United 2, Colchester United 1.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Colchester United 1.

44:26

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Craig Eastmond.

41:41

Hand ball by Jeffrey Monakana (Colchester United).

41:05

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mark Bradley.

40:32

Attempt missed. Matt Tubbs (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

40:06

Attempt blocked. Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:23

Attempt missed. Brian Wilson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

36:10 Booking

Booking Mark Bradley (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

35:40

Foul by Mark Bradley (Rotherham United).

35:40

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:46

Attempt missed. Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

32:49

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

32:49

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:49

Attempt missed. Mark Bradley (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

31:29

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Sam Walker.

31:01

Attempt saved. Mark Bradley (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

30:28

Matt Tubbs (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:28

Foul by Cian Bolger (Colchester United).

29:41

Attempt missed. Jeffrey Monakana (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

26:54

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

26:54

Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:41

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

25:33

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

25:33

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rotherham United 2, Colchester United 1. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

17:09

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Craig Eastmond.

12:18

Attempt blocked. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

10:45

Cian Bolger (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:45

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Rotherham United).

8:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rotherham United 1, Colchester United 1. Matt Tubbs (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

7:13

Foul by Cian Bolger (Colchester United).

7:13

Alex Revell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rotherham United 0, Colchester United 1. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

6:22

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Joe Skarz.

3:46

Foul by Jeffrey Monakana (Colchester United).

3:46

Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:07

Attempt missed. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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