Grant McCann was frustrated to exit the Papa John’s Trophy against Lincoln City – but hailed the "immense" performance of midfielder Greg Docherty.
The Scot’s fine solo effort cancelled out Harry Anderson’s early opener and ensured the quarter-final finished level after 90 minutes.
But the Tigers were beaten 4-3 on penalties, with Richie Smallwood, James Scott and Jordan Flores unsuccessful from the spot.
“I’m not pleased to go out of the Trophy,” said McCann. “We wanted to try and go as far as we could and go all the way but it wasn’t to be tonight.
“Lincoln are a good team and I thought performance-wise we were good.
“There were some big performances out there, particularly in Greg Docherty. I thought he was immense.
“It’s frustrating to go out of the Trophy. The penalties, as we know, are a bit of a lottery.
“We have to turn our focus now to the league on Saturday.”
Asked if the Tigers should have won in 90 minutes, McCann responded: “I think so. Possibly, given the context of the game and the way we played.
"Our performance levels were good. It just didn’t drop for us. I thought Keane (Lewis-Potter) was going to win it for us in the last second but the ball looked to go under his foot.
“It’s disappointing to lose the game as we did on penalties but in terms of the performance level, I was pleased.”
On Docherty’s goal and overall contribution, McCann said: “It was a really, really good goal from Doc.
“We spoke to him at half-time about travelling a bit more and getting people one v one because he’s powerful and he’s quick.
“He’s a machine. The lad can just run and run and run.
“It’s phenomenal the statistics that him and George Honeyman cover each week – 12-13k a game. It’s phenomenal the amount of running those two get through.
“Both of them are unbelievable in terms of what they bring in energy and legs to our team every single week.
“Doc’s performance was at a very, very high standard again. I’m really pleased with him and it was nice to see him get another goal.”