Martin Hunter reflected on an improved performance from Southampton Under-23s, but admitted they still need to be better, after a late 1-0 defeat to their Blackburn Rovers counterparts.
Saints looked on course for a point in the Premier League 2 meeting at Staplewood Campus, but were undone by Joseph Nuttall's 89th-minute header, as they suffered a second defeat in the week, following Monday's 3-0 loss at Wolves.
Despite the frustration of the result, Hunter could at least look back on a better display that the side had produced a few days earlier/
"It was a better performance in terms of work rate and dealing with a lot of physical challenges, which we're going to get in this league," said Southampton's Technical Director.
"But, particularly in the later stages of the game, when we got the ball in good positions, we didn't hurt them enough. In fact, their keeper only made one save in the game, so that's disappointing.
"As regards the attitude and the work rate, you can't fault that, but conceding another sloppy goal right at the end is very disappointing.
"The positives are in terms of work rate and the players trying to do things, but we need to be better than that on and off the ball."
Hunter did highlight an impressive display from newly-signed keeper Jack Rose, who produced one particularly sensational stop.
"He made one outstanding save in the first half, and his distribution on the whole is terrific, so there's plenty of potential there," said Hunter. "We're pleased we've got him, his attitude's good, so we'll keep working with him."