Rotherham boss Ronnie Moore apologised for his side's "unacceptable" performance and conceded that the 3-0 defeat at Hereford could not have come at a worse time with the League Two play-offs looming large on the horizon.
Goals from Mathieu Manset, Darren Jones and Marc Pugh inflicted an untimely setback on the Millers, who will now face Aldershot in the play-offs.
"There is no doubt that this is not the way we wanted to go into the play-offs," said Moore.
"I really feel for the 600 or so fans who have come down and had to witness it because it certainly was not us and we didn't see that coming.
"But I'm not slagging the players off. It was disappointing for the fans and I apologise for the performance they have seen but we have to go out and put it right next week.
"The three goals we gave away were gifts and it was embarrassing at times how easily they got in behind us.
"The players knew it was unacceptable but a lot of them had their minds on next week."
Hereford boss Graham Turner hailed his side as they finished the season with their seventh win in the last 10 games.
"It was a good climax to the season for us," said Turner.
"When we look back on it, it has been one of slight disappointment for us but we showed everything we have been working on recently in training.
"Full marks to the players, they have been very disciplined and strong at the back.
"There was some great movement and it was lovely to watch.
"Rotherham might have left a couple out and have the play-offs to think about but they are still a good side. They would not have wanted that to happen to them.
"It was 3-0 and could have been more."
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