“It’s a harsh way to lose the game with such a fierce deflection, but we mustn’t feel sorry for ourselves,” he said. “I can’t ask for more than what the players put in tonight.
“It was an unfortunate goal and up until that point I thought the game was evenly poised and that we’d been defending very well. It was hard for us after that because we had to go in search of an equaliser, but overall I’m pleased with what I saw tonight.
“It’s important not to forget we were playing a team with a lot of confidence. We have to dust ourselves down, accept it wasn’t our night, and be happy with the fact I can already see our stamp on the team.”