Brighton & Hove Albion striker Jurgen Locadia believes the side can be proud after a battling performance against Manchester City in their 1-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat on Saturday evening.
With 10 minutes remaining, Locadia came on to chase an equaliser but was unable to earn another trip to Wembley for the 35,000 fans that travelled up from Sussex.
He said, "Disappointment is the overriding feeling in the dressing room, but we can be proud because if we hadn't buckled down we would have lost 4-0 or 5-0, as it's a very difficult game when City score in the first 10 minutes.
"We were sloppy in the first 10 minutes and City scored a good goal. After then we tried to play our game and in the second half we started playing football the way we always do.
"We created some chances, kept patient in our build-up and troubled them at times. But I think City deserved to win today."
The Seagulls' best chance of the game came through a corner when Glenn Murray was inches away from poking the ball home, and set-pieces seemed the best form of attack on a historic evening at Wembley.
"We knew City defended with a high line on set-pieces and we knew how to go about it, but we didn't create enough chances from them," Locadia added. "We have players like [Shane] Duffy, [Glenn] Murray and [Lewis] Dunk who are very good in the air, but didn't always make use of their presence.
"It wasn't to be, though, and now we've got to regroup - there are six games left in the league. Each one is so important for us because safety is not guaranteed yet. We might have to win two or three matches to stay in the league. It's going to be hard, but we're relishing the task.
The Dutchman also praised the club's fans for their fantastic support, and says they will continue to play a crucial role during the remainder of the season.
"This was a special day for the team, it's the first time since 1983 that we have come this far. It's a huge accomplishment and the fans showed that in the way they were today. We'll need them for the rest of the campaign."