Harry Redknapp said he 'couldn't have asked for more' after we suffered penalty heartbreak against Manchester United in Sunday's Carling Cup Final at Wembley.
We edged a closely-fought, goalless encounter over the 90 minutes and extra time before losing 4-1 in the shoot-out.
United keeper Ben Foster was forced into the best two saves of the match to deny Aaron Lennon in the 71st minute and Darren Bent late in extra time before saving his best until last to keep out Jamie O'Hara's penalty, the first of the shoot-out.
Vedran Corluka scored but David Bentley missed and when Anderson converted United's fourth spot-kick there was no way back.
"I was well pleased with how we played, I thought the lads were terrific," said Harry at Wembley.
"We couldn't get that break we needed. We got into some great situations and I thought we might go and win it at the end (Foster's save from Bent) but they gave everything.
"Foster is a good keeper, I've followed his career and he was the busiest of the keepers, for sure.
"We played the best team in Europe and it wasn't their kids, they started with two kids but they came off and suddenly Vidic and Giggs come on and it's a very strong team.
"They wanted to win as badly as we did, make no mistake about that. If there is a trophy to win, Alex wants to win it."