CHAIRMAN John Berylson insisted Millwall could keep their heads held high despite their 2-0 defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday.
And Berylson believes the Lions may have been spared a humiliating thrashing by Manchester City, who beat Chelsea in the weekend's other last-four tie, in the final next month.
Latics midfielders Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman struck either side of half-time to secure a deserved victory for the Premier League side at the national stadium.
"I am disappointed but they were better," Berylson said. "They had control of the ball for two-thirds of the game, their passing was crisp and they broke through us twice to score two good goals.
"They are a very opportunistic team. I thought we showed a lot of life for 20 minutes in the second-half because you can't just sit back and defend the whole time.
"So we did fine. Did we embarrass ourselves? Absolutely not. The key thing is to get back down to business, starting on Tuesday against Watford, and to put the FA Cup behind us."
Berylson added: "One of the people from the Football Association said to me after that the winner of this game has the right to get demolished by Manchester City in the final.
"That is not necessarily a great thing and I know what he meant because of what happened to my team, the New England Patriots, when we lost the Superbowl in 1986 by 46-10.
"We should never have been there – we weren't good enough. It took us ten years to recover from that defeat. Even though we were in the Super Bowl, all people remember is us getting killed."