Rotherham boss Paul Warne was left wondering what might have been as his side bowed out of the Carabao Cup at Everton.
The Millers, who lost League Cup ties at Goodison Park in 1987 and 1992, competed well against a strong Toffees side, but went down to Dominic Calvert-Lewin's brace after a Gylfi Sigurdsson opener.
Will Vaulks had briefly got Warne's men back in it with a late header, but they never really had enough to threaten an upset – though left Merseyside with their pride in tact.
Warne said: “We started the game pretty well. I was hugely disappointed with the goals we conceded but I am not disappointed with the effort the lads gave me.
“At 2-1 I honestly believed we were right in it, overall I am proud of the lads but disappointed that it could have been a little bit better.
“There is a lot of pride to take out the game. I think the lads gave a good account of themselves.
“On another day it might have gone another way.”
Warne had to make a late change to his team when Joe Mattock, who was carrying a knock, pulled up in the pre-match warm-up.
The left-back, who watched central defender Clark Robertson play in his position, is now a doubt for Saturday's Championship trip to Wigan.
Warne added: “He's a doubt on two-folds, one that Robbo did really well and two that he is sore and the next game is coming very quick, and I like the players who are going to play to train.
“So that makes him a massive doubt.”