St Patrick's Athletic captain Ian Bermingham said his side could have no qualms over the home reversal to Norrkoping and admitted the Saints were given the run around at times by the Swedish club.
Pat's now face a huge mountain to climb after the 2-0 defeat at Richmond Park in the Europa League qualifying round first-leg.
The visitors were clearly the better side and second-half goals from Simon Thern and Lee Desmond, who headed into his own net, resulted in a scoreline reflective of the gulf in class.
"100% the better team won," Bermingham told RTÉ Sport when asked for his post-match thoughts.
"Their keeper made one or two good saves, but overall the better team won. We started off the game okay in the opening 10, 15 minutes and we were comfortable.
"We were getting in behind with a couple of decent passages of play, but we then just gave them too much respect.
"They gave us a bit of a run around for a good while. We were overrun in midfield. We have to be better next week."
The left-back wasn't using the decision by Swiss referee Lionel Tschudi to wave away Pats' claims for a penalty on 14 minutes when Mikey Drennan appeared to be shoved to the ground as an excuse, and insists all is not lost ahead of next week's return leg.
"Football’s a funny old game. You don’t know what’s going to happen. We get an early goal next week and we see what happens. We have got to believe that we can turn the tie around."