Disappointed Crawley boss Richie Barker was philosophical despite tasting defeat at the hands of Brentford for the second time in four days.
Barker admitted his Town side were slow out of the blocks as they bowed out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a 1-0 defeat at Griffin Park, coming after Saturday's 2-1 league reverse. Super-sub Sam Saunders did the damage in the 73rd minute, latching on to Scott Barron's left-wing cross to fire home from 10 yards.
"It's disappointing because we wanted to progress and the old cliché that we can concentrate on the league is not really a consolation," he said.
He added: "I said on Saturday that winning is a habit that you don't want to break and now we've lost twice here, so we have no option but to put it behind us and focus on our next league game."
Brentford boss Uwe Rosler praised his squad's strength in depth after he made five changes for the game.
"I've always said it's a squad that gets you results and this result proves that," he said. "We had quality players who came in and did a job for us.
"Crawley were one of the stronger sides in the southern section with us so to get past them means we are one step closer to Wembley, although whoever we face will present us with a different challenge."
Rosler, who will find out Brentford's opponents in the southern area quarter-finals when the draw is made on Saturday, added: "Crawley came at us in the second half as we knew they would, but realistically we should have been ahead by half-time."