Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino took pride in his side's performance after a 4-2 defeat at Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
City have been in scintillating form at the Etihad Stadium all season but they were given a huge fright against Watford as Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney put the visiting Championship side 2-0 ahead.
A Sergio Aguero hat-trick inspired City to come back after the interval, but Sannino was delighted with his team's efforts.
"City have scored so many goals this season, I'm pleased that we made it difficult for them and it took them so long to score a goal," Sannino said, before tipping Manuel Pellegrini's side for a successful end to the season.
"I think they can compete for all of the trophies they are looking for but football is very strange and they will have to stay focused."
Sannino added: "I am proud of my lads because today saw my team give this emotion.
"It is a little bit bitter because at 2-2 we were still in the game. We just couldn't manage the last few minutes.
"At the end of the first half I had this desire (to win) but I knew the game was not finished and we had to play for the 90 minutes, and more.
"In the second half Manchester City were unbelievable and showed us their full strength.
"I tried to change things but the quality of Manchester City is far superior than any change you can make tactically."
Sannino had no complaints about goalkeeper Jonathan Bond, who had been given a chance ahead of Manuel Almunia but made an error as he failed to keep out City's crucial third goal from Aleksandar Kolarov.
Sannino said: "He is okay. I think he has to remember this day - not because of his mistake, but because he was very good today."