KENNY Jackett was pleased that Millwall managed to avoid an "embarrassing" scoreline in the second-half of their defeat to Hull City.
The Lions found themselves 4-0 down at half-time and Jackett admitted he told his troops to play for pride after the break, knowing "realistically" there was little chance of staging a comeback.
Jackett says he will now build on the few positives from the trip to the KC Stadium – Darius Henderson's 64th-minute consolation and an improved defensive performance in the second period.
"We wanted to make sure we won the second half," he said. "We didn't think realistically we were going to win the game.
"We wanted to make sure we didn't fall away and let our confidence ebb away after a good start to the season. I'm pleased to say we did that.
"Did we come back into it, or did Hull take their foot off the gas? You can look at it both ways. We wanted to avoid an embarrassing scoreline and give ourselves something to build on.
"The games come thick and fast – you have to you address the things you need to improve on, but our spirit and morale needs to continue because we're not in a bad position."