Oscar Garcia praised Brighton's performance after a 1-1 FA Cup draw with Hull City but admitted the timing of the replay was far from ideal.
Leonardo Ulloa's quality first-half goal had put Brighton on course for not only their first quarter-final since 1986, but a mouth-watering home clash with Sunderland and former manager Gus Poyet.
However, Yannick Sagbo's strike five minutes from time snatched that away from them, earning the Tigers a 1-1 draw and taking the tie to a replay at the KC Stadium.
Ulloa had wasted a glorious chance to double Brighton's lead before half-time, although they could have lost in the latter stages as Hull pushed on following the equaliser.
"I think in the first half we were the better side," said Garcia. "In the second half, the game was very even and we had the chances to win.
"But the game could have gone either way. I am really pleased with the performance of all my players, especially the younger ones.
"I think we had chances to win and when you concede late on, you can be a little bit disappointed.
"But my feelings are really good, I am really happy, not the final result but that my players can play in the Championship and most of them in the Premier League."
UEFA regulations mean the match will be replayed next Monday after important league games for both sides on Saturday, angering and perplexing Hull boss Steve Bruce.
Garcia echoed those sentiments after the match, with Wigan heading to the Amex Stadium before Brighton head to Hull on Monday.
"I don't think it is good for anybody to play two games in three days, but it is what we have to do and we will do it," the Brighton manager said.
"Of course the travelling will not go in our favour. Now we have to start focusing on Wigan to try and win.
"For me, they have the best squad in the Championship, can play with three different starting line-ups and be fighting for the promotion places. We have to be focused on the next game.
"Of course it is not the best scenario for us, but the competition is like this."