|Venue: The Den
|Cork 53, Pelle 90|
MILLWALL were defeated but not disgraced by Premier League Southampton as they bowed out of the Capital One Cup in the second round.
Second-half goals from Jack Cork and Graziano Pelle ensured the Saints progressed to the next stage of the competition.
But on a night when three academy products made their debuts, the Lions will not be too discouraged by the final score after a commendable effort against top-flight opponents.
With progression in the Championship firmly Millwall's priority this season, Ian Holloway made sweeping changes to his starting XI.
Only David Forde and Shaun Williams remained from that side that lost to Rotherham at the weekend, with Williams being handed the captain's armband in Alan Dunne's absence.
Into the team came Justin Hoyte, Byron Webster, Matthew Briggs, Jack Powell, Jimmy Abdou, Richard Chaplow, John Marquis and Magaye Gueye as Holloway made full use of his squad.
Millwall deployed a midfield diamond with Powell, making his full senior debut, shielding the back four, and Jermaine Easter pushed up behind a front two of Marquis and Gueye.
The Premier League side were quickest out of the blocks, with Graziano Pelle wasting two early chances.
In the third minute, the Italian striker lofted an unconvincing half-volley well wide of Forde's post after his initial effort had been blocked on the edge of the area.
And Pelle then glanced wide from Nathaniel Clyne's teasing cross.
After an uneasy start, the Lions grew in stature and began to see a lot of the ball, with Powell in particular impressing with his use of possession.
It was from the 20-year-old's corner that Webster flashed a dangerous header across the face of the Saints goal in the 21st minute.
Chaplow, lining up against his former club, then made a vital last-ditch block to snuff out James Ward-Prowse's drive as the sides exchanged chances.
Millwall should have broken the deadlock in the 35th minute when Gueye latched onto Forde's long punt forward, leaving him with a clear run on goal.
But the Frenchman, who opened his account against Sheffield Wednesday last week, pulled his shot wide with England goalkeeper Fraser Forster rooted to the spot.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman swapped Victor Wanyama for Cork at half-time and the substitute glanced in a left-wing corner with his first touch.
The opening goal sparked the Premier League side into life and Pelle headed against the post from Clyne's cross as they pushed for a quick-fire second.
On the hour mark, Clyne again burst forward from right back and this time pulled the ball back for Ward-Prowse, whose first-time curling effort zipped narrowly wide.
Pelle's back heel was cleared off the line by Gueye before Marquis' appeals for a penalty were dismissed by referee Dean Whitestone.
At the other end, the visitors' £9million striker Pelle went close again when he bent a shot wide from just outside the area in the 76th minute.
Holloway then introduced midfielder Ben Thompson from the bench, taking the total of Lions debutants to three.
Williams tested Forster with a long-range drive before Pelle finally got on the scoresheet, drilling a low shot under Forde after Davis's marauding run forward.