Tony Pulis admits he was disappointed Stoke could only manage a 1-0 win after dominating Hajduk Split on Thursday night.
The Potters, playing in major European competition for the first time in 37 years, took the lead in the third minute of the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg at the Britannia Stadium through Jon Walters.
The hosts controlled the match for long spells thereafter and particularly in the first half, had several chances to extend their lead.
The second goal was not forthcoming, though, leaving the tie more finely poised than it might have been ahead of next Thursday's return leg in Croatia.
Manager Pulis felt his players should have made more of the openings that came their way, but was pleased they did not concede an away goal.
"It was a great atmosphere and we won the game, but we were disappointed we didn't win it by more goals, especially given the first half," Pulis said.
"We had enough opportunities and chances to come in more than 1-0 up.
"But we've kept the clean sheet, which is important. We'll go to Split and if we score a goal, they will have to score three to beat us."
With still more than two weeks to go before the start of the Premier League season, it came as little surprise that Stoke looked increasingly weary as the game went on.
Pulis fielded a strong starting team and plans to do so again for the second leg - although he hopes he might have one or two more players to call on by that stage.
"We tired in the second half," Pulis said.
"There were four or five who really tired, including the wide players (Etherington and Jermaine Pennant) and Kenwyne Jones.
"At the moment with the injuries we have got and the fact that we haven't been able to bring anybody in, you are looking over at the bench and there wasn't a lot that we could have changed.
"Another time, if it had fallen right for us, we could have had (Achilles injury victim) Ricardo Fuller to bring on for 20 minutes and really livened the place up.
"We are looking to bring more players in and if we can do that, then brilliant."