edley King believes Tottenham can hold their heads high following Sunday's Carling Cup final defeat to Manchester United.
Spurs fought United through 120 goalless minutes at Wembley, but lost 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out as Jamie O'Hara and David Bentley failed from the spot.
However, captain King feels that he and his team-mates can be pleased with their performance against United, who rested the likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Edwin van der Sar, while Wayne Rooney was missing with a virus.
"We are aware in finals one team has to win and one team has to lose, but I thought we gave a good account of ourselves," King told Sky Sports.
"Penalties is never a nice way to lose.
"People will say they (United) had a weakened team but they still had top players out in a team they obviously thought could win.
"We thought we could win it and we created some good chances during the game and we got a little bit tired and we had to hang on.
"But I can't fault the lads for the effort we put in."