Adrian Boothroyd was less than impressed by his Watford's side's display in the 1-0 FA Cup fifth round victory at home to Ipswich Town.
The Hornets needed a late Damien Francis strike to see off their Championship opponents, with Boothroyd worried by his team's display up to that point.
He said: "I'm not going to sit here and say it's a tenth clean sheet and we were great because we weren't.
"They were the better team for 85 minutes, which is a bit of a problem when you play for 90.
"I feel for Ipswich in many ways because their fans were great and the team gave their all and it's obviously disappointing, but we know what that's like.
"We've been that soldier and numerous Premiership managers have said that to me 'you know you're unlucky, you've been the better team if it's any consolation' and we've gone away with nothing.
"That's how it is I'm afraid. We took our chance at the end and that's it, we're in the next round and that's what counts."