Former Rotherham striker Ryan Taylor insists he did not intend to goad the home fans with his goal celebration in Plymouth’s 1-1 draw at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
The Brinsworth-born 29-year-old scored his second goal in as many games against his former club when he put Plymouth in front in the 82nd minute, though Semi Ajayi later cancelled it out.
He ran over to the stand where the home fans were situated and blew some kisses – with supporters angrily throwing items at him.
However, Taylor explained that his family were located there and he was not goading the Millers fans, who had given him a warm welcome before kick-off.
“It was my dad, he had a bit of bad news this week, it was for him and it was nice to get a goal,” he told Millers Time.
“It wasn’t anything to do with the Rotherham fans. My family were there behind the dugout so I was going over to them.
“Obviously they thought it was something to do with them but that is not the case.”
Taylor scored on his first return to the club in January when Oxford knocked Rotherham out of the FA Cup.
Spoken to Ryan Taylor. Says his celebration was aimed at his dad who has had some bad news this week. Nothing aimed at #rufc fans.
— Jonathan Veal (@jonathandveal83) December 16, 2017
After coming through the ranks at Millmoor and playing at Don Valley on his way to 152 appearances, Taylor enjoyed his goalscoring exploits.
“They built this stadium after I left, so it’s always nice to come back, I played across there at Millmoor and it is a bit different to this.
“It is a nice little record, it was nice to get a goal in front of my family, but disappointing not to get the win.
“I think I touched the ball once or twice in the first half, I wasn’t good enough, it was nice to get on the scoresheet.”