Gus Poyet was happy to put a lacklustre performance to one side after seeing Sunderland limp past non-league Kidderminster and into the FA Cup fifth round.
The Uruguayan made 10 changes to the team which booked a Capital One Cup final ticket at Manchester United in midweek - and saw his understudies turn in a less than inspired performance to emerge with a 1-0 fourth round victory at the Stadium of Light.
Poyet said: "It was not a classic. I was worried about the start, and the best part was the first 20 minutes. That shows that the players tried.
"Then it was difficult. The more the game went on and on, the players didn't know each other and they needed to make decisions, not in ones, but in twos and threes.
"It wasn't there. The connection, the ability, the understanding wasn't there, so we need to accept it as it comes.
"I'm not going to watch the game again and I'm not going to analyse too much because I don't think it's very, very important, apart from 90 minutes for a few players, nothing else."
Victory was secured in front of a crowd of 25,081, including 3,800 from the Skrill Premier club, by Charis Mavrias' fifth-minute strike, although Harriers striker Michael Gash might have levelled within five minutes and Danny Jackman and substitute Freddie Ladapo both went close to an equaliser in the dying minutes.
It extended Sunderland's recent run to just one defeat in 12 games and ended non-league involvement in this competition.
However, Poyet, who described the game after the opening 20 minutes as "boring, very boring", immediately turned his attention to Wednesday night's Barclays Premier League fixture against Stoke and the pressing business of securing top-flight survival.
He said: "It's a win, we are going to be in the draw tomorrow. People are going to be excited about where we are coming out, whether we are at home, away, who is the opposition.
"Like always, that's the best part of the cup. It's going to be interesting to see who is next.
"But Wednesday, that is the key now, that's the most important thing, three points on Wednesday somehow. I would like to say playing well, but somehow."
Opposite number Andy Thorn was delighted with the way his players approached their task, and admitted they were disappointed to be heading away from Wearside without a replay.
He said: "I was immensely proud of the players, I thought they were magnificent today.
"We set our stall out. We knew it would be really tough coming to a Premier League outfit and when we conceded as early as we did, sometimes you can end up with a cricket score.
"But I was really pleased with the way we regrouped and showed the character we did, the belief in what we are trying to do at the club.
"For us to be in our dressing room disappointed we are not coming away with a draw, it just speaks volumes for the performance the players put in."
Thorn will have little time too reflect upon the game, however, with Hereford waiting on Tuesday night as they attempt to mount a promotion charge.
He said: "Let's be fair, let's put things into perspective: we are a Conference team that has come to a Premier League club, and I just thought the performance we put in was worthy of a league club.
"I have just said to the boys, if that's not a springboard for our season going forward, then I don't know what will be. We will be going after [leaders] Luton now in the league, we want to catch them.
"If we don't, if we can't catch them and we go into the play-offs, then we will go via that route."