Kevin Nolan refused to be downbeat after his Notts side were beaten 8-1 by Swansea City in the FA Cup.
Four goals in each half from the Premier League side secured a dominant victory and the Notts boss said the Swans' finishing was on another level on the night.
"When you come to these clubs you have to hope for a bit of luck and that they don't treat it as well as they did tonight," he said.
"They showed their quality and their class and when you have that you have to hope your players play to their maximum but I just don't think we were there tonight as individuals and a team.
"I don't think we deserved to lose 8-1 but everything they hit seemed to go in."
Around 400 Notts fans made the journey to the Liberty Stadium and the manager was full of praise for the support he and the players received.
"I can't put it into words," he said. "They were quality throughout the game and they deserved to be here today.
"I'm just sorry that we couldn't keep the scoreline down and give them more to shout, sing and dance about.
"They kept me right up for it and hopefully that can continue between now and the end of the season and we can give them something back."