Down boss Eamonn Burns admitted they had failed to come up with any answers when Tyrone 'upped the intensity' in the second-half of today's Anglo Celt Cup decider.
Burns hopes his players can learn from the experience when they take on Monaghan or Armagh in round 4B of the qualifiers.
"Tyrone were very deserving winners. I don't think we've any complaints," the Mourne County man remarked to RTE Sport.
"I thought we equipped ourselves very well, especially in the first half. We'd a good goal chance just before half-time and if we had have taken that it would have given us a good platform for the second half.
"But I thought in the second half Tyrone upped the intensity and were coming at us in threes and fours. It's probably something we need to look at going forward, but today is another step along the line."