Simon Grayson couldn’t fault the effort and desire of his players after watching Blackpool exit the Carabao Cup to Macclesfield Town on penalties.
The Seasiders dominated proceedings throughout the tie and were punished for making two mistakes against the run of play.
It took a late goal from Armand Gnanduillet to level the match back up at 2-2 and force a shoot-out, yet the manager saw enough to be content with.
“I said to the players before the game that if we were to go out of the competition, then make sure that we go out with a good spirit, good attitude and a decent performance. I think we got all those things,” he said.
“They scored two goals from probably the only two mistakes we made all game. We showed a lot of character and desire to get back in the game in the latter stages. Once it goes to a penalty shoot-out, it’s a lottery. Congratulations to them, but I was pleased with how the players played.
“We weren’t quite as clinical in front of goal as we have been already this season, but we showed a lot of good characteristics that you’re going to need over a season.”
All the focus now turns to the league again on Saturday, when Blackpool will aim to maintain a winning start at home to Oxford United.
“We’ll get the players rested up, recovered and go again to try and maintain the position that we are in the league with another good performance,” the manager added.