Jimmy Shan says he could not have asked for more from his players after Albion bowed out of their Play-Off semi-final on penalties.
The Baggies battled through 120 minutes at a raucous Hawthorns before the lottery of a shoot-out decided their fate against Aston Villa.
And Albion’s caretaker Head Coach insists the Club’s players, staff and supporters should hold their heads high.
“It’s always a horrible way to lose a game of football, to go to a shoot-out,” he admitted.
“Credit to the boys, they dug deep going down to 10 men. Our task was to try and stay in the tie and nick a goal if we possibly could.
“I spoke to the boys before the game about application and work-ethic and making sure that we didn’t leave anything on the pitch. We sent out a rally cry for the fans to get behind the team and the atmosphere was incredible.
“I’ve been to Villa Park, I’ve been to Leeds United, which are probably the best two grounds in terms of atmosphere - for me, tonight bettered that. It was absolutely magnificent."
He added: “Fair play to the boys, they self-managed, their discipline without the ball was outstanding and the three centre-backs were a tower of strength.
“I’m absolutely gutted for Chris (Brunt). Since I’ve been in my caretaker role he’s been a key player. He’s been influential. He’s every bit the captain you’d want at this football club.
“It’s testament to the players and their character, the way they performed. They definitely got an uplift from the fans and my message was an emotional one, from the heart, thanking them for their efforts. They’ve given me everything. I’m just devastated we’ve not seen the journey through.”