Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic found positives in their Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City.
Brahim Diaz struck in either half to earn the holders progression to the Quarter-Finals, but Fulham showed a lot more resilience than had been evident of late.
“We cannot be happy because we lost the game,” Jokanović confessed. “We had the intention to be competitive, respect the competition, and try and go through.
“At the end of the day, we made some positive things, we showed some better kind of the defensive organisation than in the past, and we continued our learning and improving process.
“We played against City’s second team, if I can call this a second team. In this team was [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Vincent] Kompany, [Gabriel] Jesus, and these kinds of players.
“We tried to play football, be competitive and show our best face to pass into the next round. This game served to show us that we can be a little bit more organised, make less mistakes, show we can be a team off the ball, too.
“I’m unhappy with the result but some positives exist that I look at with optimism.
“Obviously they showed their quality, they showed the power and the speed. We made less mistakes but we still made some kind of mistake and could have found some better actions when they scored the goals.”