Harry Redknapp paid compliment to South China FC after their 2-0 win in Sunday's friendly in Hong Kong.
The hosts opened the scoring with a spectacular strike from Chan Siu Ki in the 52nd minute before controversially doubling their lead when Jake Livermore was penalised for bringing down Chao Peng Fei and skipper Li Haiqiang converted from the spot.
At the other end, we simply couldn't find a way past inspired South China goalkeeper Zhang Chunhui.
He denied John Bostock and then Roman Pavlyuchenko three times in the first half before producing his best save, again from the Russian, in the second half and finally keeping out Aaron Lennon. When he was beaten, Robbie Keane's cushioned volley came back off the woodwork.
"It was a good game and full credit to South China, they fought well, worked hard and you can see they've been very well coached," said Harry. "They turned in a great performance.
"It was a good experience for some of our younger players. It was a first start for a few of them on this trip and this was ideal for them in front of a big crowd and playing against good opposition.
"We had some decent opportunities but you have to score when you get those opportunities and we didn't do that on this occasion.
"It wasn't easy for the lads, the weather is completely different to what we're used to but as I said, full credit to the opposition."