Morecambe Ladies’ manager hopes his side’s FA Cup display at the Globe Arena will help change the perception of women’s football locally.
Nick Barrett saw his side bow out at the third round stage as Stoke City came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 thanks to Ashleigh Hayes’ late goal.
The Shrimpettes boss was pleased with his side’s first appearance at the home of the men’s team but admitted to frustration at missing out on what would have been a big upset against a side from the league above.
He said: “We haven’t let ourselves down and hopefully the people who’ve come to watch have gone away thinking ‘women’s football isn’t what we thought’.
“It’s a decent standard, there’s some good footballers out there and there’s some good athletes and we play some decent stuff.
“As for the game I’m disappointed because for 75 minutes we looked like we were going to win it.
“It was backs to the wall for a bit but we switched off at a corner and they were back in it (from a penalty that made it 2-2).
“They got their tails up from there and it’s a tough one to take but we don’t go away with our heads bowed, we go away with them held up.
“We battled away and hopefully we’ve come away with respect from those that have been here.”