Daniel Farke was full of praise for Norwich City's sterling efforts after they pushed Arsenal all the way in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Tuesday night.
City were on the verge of winning the game in normal time courtesy of Josh Murphy's first half strike, but Eddie Nketiah's late goal forced an additional 30 minutes.
Nketiah netted again in extra-time to edge Arsenal to a narrow victory, with Farke saluting the efforts of his side despite defeat.
"We totally deserved to be in the next round. The guys are sitting in the dressing room pretty disappointed; some of them have tears in their eyes.
"I have just compliments for my lads. They were brilliant and I'm really proud.
"We have to accept the loss. We will concentrate on what we could do better."
The final whistle was followed by an increasingly customary huddle led by Farke, where he pulled his entire team together before going over to salute the 8,800 travelling fans.
"It's important to stand together with a good attitude and a big will," he added.
"Sometimes you don't get what you deserve immediately. When you work with this attitude, you will go on to have bigger parties than the one we would have had if we'd won today.
"The atmosphere is brilliant. We gave everything in extra-time and we are 100 per cent sad and disappointed.
"Tomorrow, we will proud of this performance and go further on. When we go further on with this attitude, we will have some big nights and big parties during this year, I am 100 per cent sure."