Harry Redknapp had plenty of positives to talk about despite our Carling Cup exit at Stoke on Tuesday night.
The third round tie ended goalless after 90 minutes and then extra time before the home side ran out 7-6 winners in a penalty shoot-out.
Roman Pavlyuchenko and young debutant Massimo Luongo missed from the spot, with Stoke goalkeeper palming out Luongo's effort as the shoot-out went to sudden death.
Harry made nine changes from Sunday's fine win against Liverpool. Sandro returned after his knee injury, Rafa van der Vaart also started and youngsters Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll were handed another chance, grasped by both.
"I was pleased with how some of the kids played, they came in and did a great job," reflected Harry at the Britannia Stadium.
"Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll in midfield were excellent, top class. We got Sandro back and Rafa played 50, 60 minutes as well, which he needed.
"The back four was strong and the two centre-halves were outstanding.
"I had a feeling the game might go to extra time and once it goes to penalties it's a lottery.
"They missed one early and I thought we'd be okay. In the end the young lad Massimo stepped up and took the last one. He had the bottle to step-up and take one, as did Andros, Jake and Tom so that was good.
"He did well though, Massimo, he came on and played his part.
"We're disappointed to lose, of course. You don't want to lose any game and we came here to win, to stay in the competition. We wanted to go to Wembley."