Boss Alan Stubbs soaked up the frustration of an undeserved defeat against one of the Championship’s big guns to hail the progress of his Rotherham United team.
The Millers were unlucky to lose to a Newcastle side who moved up to second in the table as a result of their 1-0 win at sold-out New York Stadium.
But bottom club Rotherham rattled their big-spending opponents and could have snatched a draw late on when they piled on the pressure in front of the North Stand.
“It’s no coincidence that in the last couple of games we’ve been in them better,” Stubbs said. “In quite a few before that, we’ve managed to beat ourselves on occasion.
“It was a very uncomfortable 90 minutes for Newcastle and, if they’re honest, they’ll admit that.”
The game was settled by a stand-out moment in the 41st minute when Christian Atsu, making his first Magpies start, cut inside from the right and sent an unstoppable shot into the far top corner.
Stubbs added: “We can take a lot of positives from the performance but ultimately we’re disappointed because there was only one bit of real quality in the game and it was a Newcastle player who provided it.
“Spending around £55 million in the summer can bring you that kind of quality, but when you look at the two squads you wouldn’t have thought the value of their team was relevant because I thought we were in the game for long periods.”