ROTHERHAM United lost their unbeaten Carling Cup record at the Don Valley Stadium in their final tie there but manager Andy Scott was inclined to dwell on the high point of the 4-1 defeat to Leicester City.
“I was very pleased with the first half, the way we played then, the chances we made and we can take a lot of positives from the performance for the first hour,” said Scott.
“But we were up against quality players, we got punished for a couple of sloppy mistakes and we were on the back foot after that and it all rather fizzled out for us.
“I told the players that I believe in them and that belief was justified in the way they played in the first half.”
Leicester boss Sven Goran Eriksson complimented the Millers on their first half display: “I thought Rotherham did very well, it was difficult for us but I was always confident that we could turn it around.”
The Millers go to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.