FRUSTRATED manager Paul Warne rued his side's missed chances as Rotherham United suffered a penalty-shoot-out defeat against Salford City in the League Cup.
The Championship Millers, who needed a late equaliser to take the tie to spot-kicks, should have been out of sight before the League Two home team went in front in the 83rd minute from the spot.
"I don't think my keeper had a save to make apart from the penalty and we still bow out," the boss said.
"We had good pockets of play. We were not probably at our best and there is no excuse for that. But I felt we did enough to win a football game.
"In fairness, their goalkeeper made some unbelievable saves and came for crosses and punched things away and kept us at bay really.
"Credit to them. On the merit of play, we possibly deserved to win. But football is not always like that."
Warne is planning to go through the game on video this weekend as he prepares for next Saturday's second-tier opening day at Wycombe Wanderers.
"I will watch the game tomorrow when I am not as emotional about it and will try to pick the pieces out of it because we have a big game in seven days' time," he said.
"Overall, I am disappointed we did not take more chances. There were a lot of good balls going in.
"It is our job as coaches to pick the lads up and to try to help them so it does not become a theme."