Morecambe boss Jim Bentley spoke of his pride after seeing his side knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Newcastle on Wednesday night.
It took two late goals from brothers Shola and Sammy Ameobi to break the brave Shrimps resistance and take Alan Pardew’s side into round three.
The home side had chances to get their noses in front in the first half, only to see Newcastle’s Premier League class tell late on in front of a record Globe Arena crowd.
Bentley said: “We gave a great account of ourselves and I think we were the better side in the first half.
“We just needed to score when we were on top and it could have been a whole different ball game.
“Their crowd might have got on top of them a little bit it would have given us that little bit more confidence and our crowd would have been up.
“But it wasn’t to be, we needed to score and they had that little bit of class at the end.
“But we’ve given a good account of ourselves, we’ve had a right good go and I’m proud of the players tonight for their efforts.”
It was an entertaining cup tie and despite the visitors making eight changes from the side that drew with West Ham at the weekend, Bentley said it was clear both sides came to win.
He said: “It’s a good competition and we showed that tonight, so did Newcastle, it was a proper cup tie.
“It wasn’t just a case of turning up, giving them a game of football and going home.
“You could see both sets of players wanted to win and we could see that with the confrontations.
“It was a proper cup tie, I really enjoyed it.
“Both sets of fans played a big part in what was a great occasion for us.”