Martin Allen insists Gillngham's focus must switch to promotion after his side's FA Cup hopes were dashed by Preston on Saturday.
The League Two table toppers rarely threatened at Deepdale, aside from Deon Burton's missed penalty just after the break, as strikes from Jeffrey Monakana and Stuart Beavon sent the Lilywhites through.
But Allen claims he's not too downhearted after bowing out to the League One side.
"I do love the FA Cup, but our aim this season has always been promotion," said Allen.
"I thought the first 10 minutes we were a little bit slow coming out, and then for the next 83 or 84 minutes I thought we were excellent.
"That goal [Beavon's] just a few minutes before half-time made me make two changes at half-time, we put two wingers at full-back.
"Callum Davies is only 19, in no way, shape or form will anyone involved with us criticise him [for the second goal].
"He's been a revelation for us, he's a brilliant kid to work with, he trains so hard and loves Gillingham.
"I wouldn't even say he made an error, they scored in that part of the game but let's just leave it at that.
"Burton played really well and it takes a lot of guts to take a penalty. We stand together when those things happen."