Pat Gilroy made no attempt to hide his disappointment after Dublin's last-gasp Leinster SHC defeat to Kilkenny.
The Dubs were on the cusp of a famous victory at Parnell Park before Liam Blanchfield's injury-time goal stole victory for the Cats.
"The only thing that was important was to get the win - let's be honest," the Dublin manager told Off The Ball.
"We weren't coming here to make up the numbers or to get a moral victory. We wanted to win every game to get into a Leinster final. We're just massively disappointed. This is not about performances - this is about wins. We'll take the positives out of it for sure and why we didn't win it.
"But at the end of the day we were here to win the game and we fully expected to."
Dublin's impressive display surpassed most people's expectations, but Gilroy insists there's room for improvement.
"We have to improve," he continued.
"We missed far too many chances in the first half [as well as] short balls and wides. We didn't win enough ball in the last 10 minutes to really stem the tide. There's a lot of things we can learn from the game but it's about picking it up next week and doing it again."