Norwich City boss Paul Lambert says there is no shame in losing 2-0 to a team of Tottenham Hotspur's magnitude.
The Canaries were undone at Carrow Road by Tuesday night's quickfire second-half double from Gareth Bale.
But Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk: "My lads have got nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to be disgraced about.
"The goals were disappointing. But you've also got to remember the magnitude of the team we were playing against. We gave it a right good go."
Norwich defended resolutely for large parts of the game but Harry Redknapp's side had the quality to not only score twice, but to become only the third side, after Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion, to keep a Premier League clean sheet against the Norfolk club this season.
"I've got nothing but admiration for Spurs and the way they play," added Lambert. "My side gave everything. I couldn't ask for any more.
"But some of the football we played was really good. They're a top side. There's no two ways about it. They've got lads there that can change their game at a moment's notice. That's the difference."
Saturday's visit of Fulham, two points behind 11th-placed Norwich, will be billed as a more important fixture for the Canaries. But Lambert does not believe his side are under any more pressure to beat the Cottagers than high-flying Spurs.
"I never really prioritise what game is more important," said the Scot.
"I just think every game is really hard and really tough. You want to win every game, that's always the case, and you always believe you can do it."
Lambert reserved praise for left-back Adam Drury, who replaced Marc Tierney to start his first league game since February.
"There's one thing about Adam Drury," said Lambert. "He won't let you down. He never has done and I don't think he ever will.
"He's a terrific pro who has never let his head drop when he hasn't played. I thought he was excellent."
Tierney will have a groin injury assessed before the weekend, while Norwich hope the injury that saw Ritchie de Laet hobble off against Spurs was only a bout of cramp.