Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon watched on as his side slumped to a 7-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last night.
Despite the scoreline, the League Two side gave a good account of themselves in the first half before the floodgates opened as soon as the sides took to the field once again.
The manager of the League Two outfit decided to look at the result as a positive learning experience for his players and look to use it to their benefit.
Tranmere find themselves in ninth place in the league, with Mellon also quick to sing the praises of Mauricio Pochettino’s players.
Tottenham were clinical during the second half and did not show any mercy in front of goal to their lower league opponents, who will now turn their attentions to Cheltenham Town.
Spurs will learn of who their opponents in the fourth round of the FA Cup will be when the draw takes place on Monday evening.
Mellon told BT Sport: “It was tough, the scoreline says that. We got punished for moments where a wee bit of quality was needed against a very good Spurs side, but we’ve done well to get to this stage of the competition.
“To play against a team like Tottenham was fantastic for the club but we’ll move ahead and it’s all about the league now.”
He added: “Tottenham were brilliant. Every mistake we made, they took their opportunity. They were great with the football, with getting back, and their attitude coming here was fantastic. They showed what wonderful footballers they are.
“About 10 of our lads played for us in the National League last year so for them to be involved in this occasion will do them the world of good. Now we have to move ahead and learn the lessons from it.
“We lost heavily but it’s about bigger picture for us. We’re disappointed, we wanted to give a better account of ourselves score-wise, but we’ll keep moving forward and this game gives us an opportunity to do that.”
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