Rotherham United boss Paul Warne admitted that his side did not do enough to progress in the EFL Trophy following a three-goal reversal at the hands of Lincoln City, who also bowed out of the competition.
The Millers needed a point to reach the knockout stages but John Akinde’s early double and sub Tyler Walker’s late strike saw Warne’s side bow out at the group stage.
Speaking to the assembled media afterwards, Warne conceded that his side were second-best for much of the Sincil Bank affair.
“I don’t come to lose any games, but it gave me a good look at a few of the players.” Warne said.
“I thought we started well but once they scored and scored again, we rode a bit of a storm and we came into it.
“I didn’t think we had any cutting edge to our play and our final ball in was not good enough.
“It was disappointing because we came here to get a positive result but that was not the case.”
Warne admitted that Lincoln frontman Akinde proved a handful to the Rotherham backline and his first-half brace effectively put pay to Rotherham’s hopes – according to the Millers boss.
“Their centre-forward beat us up and won all their first contacts and they had runners off the ball.” Warne admitted.
“I’m disappointed with the performance and we need to work on our final third.”