Chris Coleman bemoaned Wales' bad luck after the defeat by Croatia but looked on the bright side as he praised a battling performance.
Croatia won the Group A encounter 2-0 thanks to goals from Mario Mandzukic and Eduardo, and Coleman had no complaints about the result.
But he was pleased with the way his men kept fighting until the final whistle, unlike in their previous away game when Serbia ran out 6-1 winners.
"We knew it would be difficult. When you come to a place like this you have to ride your luck a little bit because they are a very, very good team," Coleman told Sky Sports.
"But compared to the last performance away from home it was a lot more pleasing to see the players not giving up, not folding, and at the end we were pushing and on another night we might have had a goal or two.
"But we were beaten by a very good team, in difficult conditions, but we can take a lot of heart from the performance."
Coleman admitted the manner in which Wales conceded their first goal was disappointing, with Mandzukic closing down Lewis Price's attempted clearance after Ashley Williams' back-pass had been slowed down by the muddy surface.
He said: "It's amazing at the moment, we can't keep a clean sheet. We make one mistake and we concede.
"Ashley Williams is a top-class defender and the ball just got stuck, and it made it difficult for Pricey and the striker closes him down and it lands for him.
"That's our luck at the minute. We make one mistake and we get punished, but it's only us that can put that right."