Tottenham and England midfielder Michael Carrick is now determined to qualify for Europe next season, although he admits nothing can make up for Spurs' FA Cup demise.Carrick and company raced into a 2-0 lead against third-round opponents Leicester at the Walkers Stadium, only to be beaten 3-2 by the Coca-Cola Championship strugglers. Spurs were dumped out of the Carling Cup in the second round by Grimsby, so the way is now clear for Martin Jol's side to concentrate on the Premiership. Qualification for next season's Champions League or UEFA Cup remains a realistic possibility though, with Spurs lying fourth in the league table. Trying to look on the bright side, Carrick said: 'We're still hopeful of a good finish in the league because we're playing well, winning games and the league position speaks for itself. 'We're in a good position in the league and we've got to look to keep winning games because if we qualify for Europe - whether it be the Champions League or the UEFA Cup - then that will count as an improvement on last season. 'But we're still out of the FA Cup aren't we? And nothing is going to make up for that.' Tottenham led 2-0 thanks to goals from Jermaine Jenas and Paul Stalteri, but Elvis Hammond pulled one back a minute before the break and after Stephen Hughes equalised, Mark de Vries scored a 90th-minute winner. A downbeat Carrick added: 'We thought we had got a replay but the last-minute goal killed us. 'We didn't take our foot off the pedal, we just conceded some sloppy goals and ended up having lost. 'The fans were magnificent and it's disappointing to let them down. 'And what with this club's tradition in the cup, we feel like we've let down the club as well. 'We were fully aware of how important the cup is to Spurs and were under no illusions going into the game - the manager made it perfectly clear. 'The Cup is massive for this club and we wanted to get to the final but this year it wasn't to be. 'We just didn't play well enough in the second half and we paid the price. 'It's true we were missing a few players but we beat Manchester City without the likes of Ledley King so we can't use that as an excuse. 'The gaffer doesn't have to say much, we all know we haven't done enough. However, Jol dismissed comparisons with Spurs' Carling Cup exit at Blundell Park, saying: 'It's nothing like the same thing at all. (It's) two completely different scenarios. 'At Grimsby, the opposition didn't have a chance all night until they got a corner in the 85th minute and we didn't defend it properly. 'Against Leicester we had chances to kill of the game and we didn't do that.'