Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker said his players had not deserved victory over Paraguay in their final World Cup game.
The Caribbean outfit produced a spirited second-half display but still came away 2-0 losers to see them exit the tournament bottom of Group B.
And Beenhakker said: "Paraguay deserved their win as they took their chances.
"But this has been a great experience. In future maybe our players will show a bit more confidence."
Trinidad and Tobago surprised many in their first World Cup following a 0-0 draw with Sweden in their opener and after holding England for much of their second match.
"The players have shown they can play at this level," added Beenhakker.
"But the experience they have had in this competition can only help development even more and hopefully that will be seen in the results they get."
Beenhakker's captain Dwight Yorke admitted the match could be his last at international level.
"I have played football for over 20 years as a professional and these have been the best times of my life," said the former Manchester United striker.
"I can only thank everyone for their support. It is an emotional occasion for me because it may be the last time I play for my country.
"I will discuss the situation with my family but I have no problem with that."