Harry Redknapp insisted he couldn't have asked for more from the lads after Saturday's 1-0 loss against Wolves at the Lane.
Wolves struck early through Kevin Doyle and then defended stoutly to preserve their lead.
We enjoyed long periods of possession but couldn't carve out clear-cut chances as Wolves 'sat in' and got plenty of bodies behind the ball.
Mick McCarthy's men were pushed further and further back but try as we might, we couldn't find a path to goal - the closest we came when Niko Kranjcar miscued from close range from Vedran Corluka's cross.
There were positives - the return from injury of both Luka Modric, out for three months and Giovani dos Santos, out for eight weeks - but the scoreline left everyone frustrated.
"Wolves defended for their lives," said Harry. "We had loads of the ball but couldn't find the killer pass or finish to get the goal back.
"It's hard when teams sit in, it is different when teams come forward. They got the goal and didn't have to come at us, they could sit in and make it difficult for us.
"When teams are looking to come at you you can win possession and then hit them on the break and into the spaces that they have left but that wasn't going to happen because they didn't come out, they didn't have to. That's not being disrespectful to them, they did a great job and full credit to them.
"It's football. It wasn't through lack of effort. We worked just as hard but just couldn't get the break that we needed. Some days it goes your way and other days it doesn't - unfortunately it was one of those days."
Harry suggested more teams are bound to follow the same path as Wolves at the Lane as the season progresses.
"The better reputation you get as a team, the more teams go away from home and make it difficult for you," he said. "If you are going to be a top team you have to find a way of breaking them down, that's what the top teams do, but we just couldn't unlock the door."