New Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn was keen to take the positives out of his side's 2-1 reverse at fellow strugglers Brentford.
He admitted there were similarities between his Millers side and Leeds when he took the reins there, but insisted he was pleased with the performance.
"We looked fragile and unsure but I felt we did enough to get something from the game. We showed a lot of spirit but I was disappointed with the goals," he said.
His first game could not have started in a worse fashion, with Alan Judge giving the Bees the lead with a delightful looping volley from the edge of the box just 67 seconds after he had taken his seat in the dug out.
But his side responded well to Brentford's bright start, carved open a handful of chances and levelled a minute after the restart, Joe Mattock striding through the home midfield to smash home a rising drive from fully 25 yards.
But the Millers' hard work and wasted chances before the break came back to haunt them when Judge demented his claim for a place in the Irish full squad with a deft headed goal midway through the second half.
Redfearn said: "We looked good going forward and created chances but this is only the start of a process. I was pleased with the performance but we have to do more about the goals against and make ourselves harder to beat.
"We also need to be more clinical in front of goal but these are things that have been happening all season and I am still in the process of looking at the players. If some need help we may have to help them."