Capital One Cup: Raynor happy with Rotherham's cup win over Fleetwood
Last Updated: 14/08/14 9:43am
Rotherham assistant manager Paul Raynor insisted that the result was the most important thing as they edged past Fleetwood in the Capital One Cup first round.
A game of few chances at the New York Stadium will likely be remembered for Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley driving to Rotherham's former home, the Don Valley Stadium, due to a sat nav misunderstanding.
Substitute Matt Derbyshire eventually hit the winning goal after making a nuisance of himself and drawing a foul from Fleetwood skipper Nathan Pond 18 minutes into extra-time.
Derbyshire dusted himself off to beat Fleetwood goalkeeper Chris Maxwell and ensure the game did not go to a penalty shoot-out.
"It was a cup tie and we are into the next round - and that is what we asked the boys to do," said Raynor.
"It took us until extra-time and a penalty but I think in terms of how we moved the ball for long periods of the game, we dominated possession and there were some pleasing aspects.
"We are through. We made four or five changes. We have people who will be involved on Saturday who were not even stripped tonight, so that's pleasing and it shows the depth in the squad.
The opposing dugouts disagreed on the awarding of the decisive penalty.
"I think it was a deserved penalty," declared Raynor.
"He was clearly pulled back and it was reward for all the domination that we had and for that final ball it would have been a little bit more comfortable than it was in the end."
However, Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander did not think the incident warranted a spot-kick.
He explained: "I don't think it's a penalty, it's clever play from the striker, he's got the contact and gone down and for me it's a home penalty.
"I'm very disappointed. My players are very honest. We held our hands up on Saturday when we gave two penalties away.
"We are up against some big clubs this season and we are going to be on the wrong end of certain things and we have to make sure we make the margin bigger so that it does not cost us games.
"To come here, to one of the highest scoring teams over the last two years and keep them down to one from a dodgy penalty, I think we can take pride from that.
"We are disappointed we have not gone through because we came here and wanted to win the game and we haven't.
"I thought after the first 20, 25 minutes we showed them too much respect.
"Over the whole game, extra-time included, I thought we were the better team."