Lewie Coyle expressed his disappointment after Hull City’s FA Cup second-round exit at the hands of League Two strugglers Stevenage.
The Tigers fell to a shock 6-5 penalty shootout defeat after a 1-1 draw at the Lamex Stadium, despite taking the lead through Tom Eaves’ spot-kick early in the second half.
And Coyle, who was captain for the day, felt his side didn’t compete well enough against a determined Boro.
“We were 1-0 up, in control of the game,” said Coyle. “We were wasteful in the first half in front of goal.
“We turned over possession far too easily in the first half but came out second half and started to enjoy longer spells of possession in their half and enjoyed playing it about.
“We never got that second goal which would have killed the game and put the game to bed. Credit to them, they came on strong.
"From our point of view, the goal we gave away was disappointing, should never happen. But they get the goal and go through on penalties.
“When you’re playing a team from the leagues below, they’re always going to come out and compete and it’s about matching that.
“I felt in areas of the pitch we didn’t quite do that, which is disappointing, because throughout all the games this year we’ve always competed, landed on second balls.
“I think that’s been the undoing of us.”