David Weir expressed his “disappointment” after watching Burton Albion end Sheffield United’s hopes of a run in the Capital One Cup.
Two goals from visiting defender Chris Hussey catapulted Gary Rowett’s side into the second round, 12 months after they had knocked United out of the competition at the same stage last term.
The South Yorkshire club seemed destined to take the tie into extra time when captain Michael Doyle scored a deserved equaliser from long-range.
But Hussey, who had earlier fired Albion in front against the run of play, completed his brace with only seconds of the contest remaining.
Weir, who took charge of United in June, said: “There were positives and negatives to take from that. Obviously the result is a big negative for us because we wanted to go through.
“I thought we played some very good football at times but, ultimately, we want to do that within a winning scenario.
“There’s still plenty we need to work on and areas where we can improve.”