Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes was downcast after seeing his side lose out 2-1 to Chelsea after extra-time in their FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.
Rovers fought back from a goal down to force extra-time, but were left to rue a couple of missed chances during the second half of normal time, which they dominated.
Hughes commented: "We have run an exceptional Chelsea side very close. I doubt they have had a game as hard as that all season.
"We were exceptional, especially in the second half and extra-time probably came at the wrong time for us.
"I felt if there had been four or five more minutes of normal time we would have won it and, with that in mind, it's hard to stomach when you come away with nothing.
"We'll take credit for the way we played, of course. We put in some huge performances and made an outstanding team look ordinary.
"We might look to one or two missed chances, Morten Gamst Pedersen's header late on maybe, but it barely softens the blow of losing."