Chippa United coach Lehlohonolo Seema could not fault his side's fighting spirit after the 1-0 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday evening.
Seema's men had to absorb a tremendous amount of pressure from Chiefs, who threw everything at them including the kitchen sink. But their resolve finally broke when Gregory Damons put the ball in to his own net.
And while the former Bloemfontein Celtic boss admitted his side may have lacked quality, there was no shortage of a positive, hardworking attitude.
"This is still a young team. You could see today, we did not get into second gear. I'm not angry with the boys' effort, their fight. And we knew Chiefs would always be a threat on the set-pieces. And with Gavin Hunt that's how they come," Seema told SuperSport TV.
"They gave us a hard time with the third man running from deep. And I think we held them alright. We were just waiting for that moment of ours but decision making let us down. You could see the experience of Chiefs, whenever our young ones ran with the ball they were bumped off the ball.
"But it's a learning curve. We'll have to go back and work again. I told them you win some games you lose some games. This is one that we have lost. So I'm good. I'm happy. There are other guys coming back who will beef us up. But I am happy with the guys, their attitude and hardwork.
"These boys, they work hard. I think losing 1-0 will give them an extra motivation. After four or five games, they will understand what is needed at this level. So I think there's a lot of positives we can take, especially the fighting spirit.
"Very unfortunate that we conceded an own goal at the end. It's one of those things where the football gods went the other way. But we'll soldier on and give it our best in our next game against Maritzburg."