Barnsley manager Simon Davey attempted to ease Kayode Odejayi's pain after watching his side crash out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage against Cardiff City.
Joe Ledley's early goal proved to be the only difference between the two teams, although former Cheltenham Town striker Odejayi wasted a glorious chance to equalise in the second half.
However, Tykes boss Davey said: "He missed the target and he'll be disappointed, but we lose together and we win together.
"We acquitted ourselves well and the players deserve credit. I don't think any of them froze on the day, we just fell short.
"They scored early and we had 80 minutes to get back in the game. We had chances but it wasn't to be.
"I'm a bit disappointed we didn't win the second ball for the goal but it was a fantastic strike in the top corner - it was a goal that would befit any stage.
"Now we have another six cup finals to play. We hoped it would be seven but it's going to be six.
"This has put us back in the spotlight. Ten years ago this club was in the Premier League and we were on the big stage and hopefully we're now back on the right track. But we have to make sure we stay in this division."