Kyle Bartley admits Swansea City were off the pace in their FA Cup defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans were appearing in the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time since 1964, but succumbed to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat against an inspired Spurs.
Christian Eriksen opened the scoring in the 11th minute and Erik Lamela doubled the lead before half-time, while Eriksen’s second after the break put the tie beyond doubt.
Bartley, who has skippered the Swans during their historic run to the last eight, conceded that they were beaten by the better side in SA1.
“We came into the game feeling positive and confident of getting a result,” he said. “Their extra quality showed today and they were deserved winners.
“The early goal knocked the stuffing out of us and we needed to keep it tight at the back going into the second half.
“But these things happen when you play against the bigger teams. We were a little off the pace and they were at the top of their game.
“It’s a privilege whenever I captain the side. I see leadership as one of my main attributes, so I try my best out there. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough today.”