Steve Burr had no complaints after Chester FC exited the FA Cup with a 3-0 defeat to Barnsley in Tuesday night's second round replay .
Kane Hemmings and two-goal Dale Jennings meant the rematch far more comfortable than the initial game at Oakwell, which ended goalless.
Chester managed only one shot on target with the Tykes dominance reflecting the fact there are 47 league places between the clubs.
Burr said: "We've enjoyed ourselves in the cup this season but I think you could see the distance the two teams were apart
"I was disappointed a little bit with our performance in that one or two that we know can do better we're just a bit off it but I think that was down to how Barnsley pressed us all through the game and good luck to them now in the next round because they deserved to go through.
"They were excellent I thought all round the park really. They were quite efficient and I expected that really after the first one.
"I just felt if we could just score things could have been a little bit different but it was one of those nights where we tried hard but we just didn't reach the levels we know we can play at.
"I think that's down to how they defended and with the two centre halves you could see their Premiership class so it was difficult but we've earned the club some money this season which is good and that helps everybody to make the club a bit stronger so it's just important now with the league form that we try and keep improving and getting stronger."
Although the Blues missed out on a third round date with Middlesbrough and £27,000 in prize money, their four games in the competition have been rewarding.
Wins at Stockport County in the fourth qualifying round and Southend United in the first round earned them £30,500.
An additional £48,500 in television revenue, coupled with a share of the gate receipts from the four matches, means the run has brought in over £100,000.
Some of that has been allocated for squad strengthening and Burr, who has signed 20-year-old forward Kane Richards from Ilkeston, plans to bring in more new faces when the transfer window reopens.
"I think a lot of teams would have liked to have been in our position and that's what I said to the lads," said Burr.
"They are all disappointed because they've lost a game of football but we've got no complaints and to be in the competition even at this stage is a great achievement especially when we've been to Southend and Stockport, which was difficult.
"It's been a good run for us and we've enjoyed it.
"The FA Cup now with the implications of the financial gains means everybody wants it but unfortunately it's only a small percentage that do that.
"This season it's been good for us and hopefully we'll be back for some more next season."