Micky Adams was left ruing Tranmere’s bad luck as they were given a master class in finishing by Swansea.
The Premier League team netted six times, including five second half goals, as they defeated Rovers 6-2.
But Adams, who was far from downhearted by his side’s performance, felt they did not get the rub of the green with some key refereeing decisions.
“I’d like to see the first goal again; my players are saying it was handball,” he said.
“The crowd certainly thought it was.
“The second goal we thought was offside, so I’d like to see that. So key moments in games turn it.
“But at 3-0 down, we look as if we’re going to get a good hiding and Max Power pulls one back to make it 3-1.
“I’m disappointed in certain aspects of our games today but I think the one thing that Swansea showed was they got their attitude to the game right.
“We were just hoping that they’d come down here like big time Charlie’s. But they didn’t and obviously the first goal is crucial.
“We know what we’re going to get from the players. The effort and commitment’s always there.
“I was pleased with the young players today.
“I think it’s sometimes easy for us all to sit down in front of the television and watch these good players and think that maybe that’s the level we should be at.
“Their touch, their movement, the way they moved the ball around was very, very good today, plus their attitude to the game.
“So if we can take anything from it, it’s those sort of things.”
The game was watched by an excitable crowd of over 10,000, a flashback to years gone by when Prenton Park was packed to the rafters in expectation of a cup upset in games like this.
With only 836 of the supporters making the journey up from South Wales, this was a remarkable jump on the usual match-day attendance.
And Adams is now keen to tap into the potential of the Wirral’s footballing public.
“I’ve enjoyed the experience of the crowd,” he continued.
“I think ‘wow, 10,000’. They made a lot of noise. That shows the potential of this place.
“It would have been a real ask to get to the fourth round of the FA Cup, but to get to the third round, over 10,000 here, Match of the Day and cameras, the lads have showcased this football club.”