Rotherham United boss Matt Taylor said he didn't feel as though his injury-stricken side were able to match Millwall's intensity on New Year's Day as they were defeated 3-0 at The Den.
The Millers boss is currently selecting from a squad depleted by no fewer than seven injuries to key players and was left without the likes of Chiedozie Ogbene and Tom Eaves for the trip down to the capital.
“That group of players are trying. They’re trying their hardest but they can’t get to the level which is required in terms of the league.
“We didn’t start the game well enough in terms of a second ball and a free kick in the middle of the pitch. The ball has come into our box and it is a good header from the lad but he’s in and around our bodies and they just got there first on too many occasions.
“Trust me, they are fighting, but they’re not good enough to do certain actions. We know that but they are fighting. There is no lack of effort from that group of players, even when there is a lack of quality and belief in terms of what we can compete with, but we’ve also come up against a good team today.
“We knew what was coming in terms of the way that Millwall play but we couldn’t quite match their intensity to get there first. We’re playing with a makeshift frontline for the majority of the game."
“We’re feeling pretty sorry for ourselves at the moment and goals always make you feel worse for that. The ‘softness’ and ‘weakness’ in our defensive play is something that we have to eradicate and when we do get a sight of their goal – whether it is Haks’ header or Conor’s effort – we have to make sure we don’t compound the issue.”