Stoke boss Mark Hughes had nothing but praise for his players and suggested they were unfortunate not to edge out Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.
The Reds progressed 6-5 on penalties after Marko Arnautovic’s first-half goal had pulled the sides level at 1-1 on aggregate over the two legs.
But Peter Crouch and Marc Muniesa missed from the spot and it was Liverpool who were left celebrating.
It was a double frustration for Hughes after the Potters registered their first win at Anfield since March 1959 after 36 previous failed attempts – but still could not celebrate.
“Hopefully we will get the credit we deserve,” he said.
“I am proud of what the players produced. To a man I can’t fault any of them.
“I can highlight Crouchie (Peter Crouch); I haven’t given him a great deal of football this year but I though he was great.
“In general play we got the goal which won us the game but not the tie; I think it was offside marginally but it was the least we deserved.
“We just couldn’t get that second goal and I think Liverpool would be honest to say they were grateful to get to penalties.
“You know when you get to a shoot-out there is a danger you may go out.
“I thought we were more likely to score but unfortunately we are not the ones going to Wembley.”