Rotherham boss Paul Warne has defended the way he set up his team in the 3-2 loss to Hull on Tuesday.
Warne opted to start the game with only Michael Smith in attack and watched on as the Millers put in a flat performance in the opening 70 minutes.
Things got better in the final 20 minutes as the hosts had to chase the game at 3-1 down, but Warne insists it was not the tactics that cost his side at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
“It’s pretty obvious really, we played two up front against Brentford and got hammered,” he said. “We played two up against Ipswich and didn’t get a kick in the first half until I put Vas (Kyle Vassell) out wide and then we were a much better team.
“I played one up against Leeds and I thought our shape was really good in and out of possession of the ball.
“The way Hull played, they keep the ball quite a lot, and I think if we’d have played two up front our two wouldn’t have got a look-in.
“And that means we have to go back-to-front, direct all of the time.
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“If it was my mistake and we lost the game then I will hold my hands up, but I think we were set up right and we were hard to break down and unfortunately individual errors have cost us a little bit.”
The Millers went ahead through Richard Wood, but Jackson Irvine levelled after being given the freedom of the box.
Then Fraizer Campbell benefitted from Marek Rodak’s poor punch on the stroke of half-time, with Irvine adding a decisive second two minutes after the restart after more shoddy defending.
Jamie Proctor’s dream return from injury continued as he made a game of it, but the Millers came out pointless in a game they would have slated as one to win.
Warne added: “I’m hugely disappointed with the goals we conceded.
“The two minutes either side of half-time decided the game really. Both goals were avoidable, I’m not disrespecting Hull, they played well, it wasn’t like they were cutting us open every time.
“We need to eradicate that because we can’t gift teams goals in this league.”