Simon Grayson was happy with what he saw on the pitch from his squad, in the 2-2 draw with Reading.
The Royals had to come from behind twice to a secure a replay, with the Seasiders also missing a second half penalty after Armand Gnanduillet hit the crossbar from the spot.
“I’m proud of the lads after that,” Grayson said.
“The way we competed and kept our shape against a strong Championship side in great form is really pleasing.
“Ultimately, we’ve played well here today and the fact that we haven’t won is frustrating, but after a disappointing Christmas we’ve played with real purpose and fight today, which was great to see.”
All of the talk after the match was Armand Gnandullet’s penalty miss, who, despite scoring a fantastic solo goal five minutes beforehand, missed a penalty with an audacious chipped effort.
“The question is why did Armand decide to take the penalty like that,” Grayson said.
“His answer is that he thought he knew the goalkeeper was going to read where he was going with it. It’s frustrating because he was a real unit in the game and lead the line really well throughout. He scored a fantastic goal moments before, and we’re left scratching our heads and wondering what might have been had he scored the penalty.
“The main thing is we have another opportunity to get into the next round, and we’ll look forward to welcoming them back to our place for the replay.”