Ronnie Moore praised his 10-man Tranmere side after seeing them slip to a second league defeat of the season, 2-1 at Crewe.
Crewe had only picked up one point from their opening two league games, but two strikes from teenager Ryan Colclough either side of half-time earned the Gresty Road side three points, while Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro grabbed a late consolation for the visitors.
Rovers right-back Danny Holmes was dismissed for two yellow cards, the first of which was received after just 11 minutes when he pulled down Byron Moore.
And then little more than 20 minutes later, his tackle from behind on the same man earned him his marching orders.
Moore said: "I'm proud of them to be honest.
"I thought the 10 men were magnificent, you can't ask for more.
"One idiot lets the whole team down and we were so unlucky, because we were just about to bring him off.
"That's the sickening thing for me, because he's done it before and I've told him to stay on his feet.
"I saw a lot of Tranmere Rovers fight, that's what it's about. We looked like a team."
Moore's side had the best of the opening exchanges and came close when a header that appeared to come off a Crewe man rattled the crossbar.
Moments before Holmes was given his marching orders, Akpa Akpro fired straight Alan Martin from close range.
Akpa Akpro did however score a consolation goal for the visitors late on when he converted Andrai Jones' inch-perfect cross from near the six-yard line.