League Two Wycombe Wanderers came to White Hart Lane on Saturday for what most would have assumed would be a comfortable win for a rotated Tottenham side.
On whether Spurs are looking to win the competition: "Of course, but you have to give players opportunities to play in the squad and assess them".
The Argentine said: "I think we played not well".
"It is the most special competition in the world because you can not replicate the same passion and the same atmosphere on the pitch in Spain, France or Italy". They were better than us.
"Maybe that is the beauty of the FA Cup and the different levels of the teams", he said.
However, Spurs pulled level thanks to goals from Heung-Min Son and Vincent Janssen.
"Full credit to Wycombe for how they played in the first half", he added.
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"This type of game you can play and if you cannot play in this type of game then ok, we will have a problem". They were solid and they played better than us but we found a way to beat them.
Having made all their substitutes Spurs were forced to play with 10 men when Trippier hobbled off with an injury in the 73rd minute, and it looked as though the Chairboys had taken advantage when Garry Thompson's magnificent header from Myles Weston's cross restored their lead with six minutes to play.
Things were also looking up for Erik Lamela who has been sidelined with a hip injury since October, with Pochettino revealing to the media that the winger returned from his two week rehabilitation program in Rome on Friday.
"It was hard to stop them, they showed more desire and quality on the pitch". It was hard for me from day one when I arrived [in England] four years ago to say "oh the FA Cup is lovely or the FA Cup is magical".
Wycombe, who sit sixth in League Two, saw their 16-game unbeaten run fall in cruel fashion, but Ainsworth was understandably proud of his players after the game. The result is obviously frustrating. "It was after time, and there was a penalty I thought was not a penalty".
"The lads have done me and the town so proud".
Yes, I was gutted at the end but the overriding emotion now is how proud we are of what we have achieved and how far we have come as a club.