Radihi Jaïdi's youngsters battled through tough conditions at Staplewood Campus on Friday evening to claim a point against Newcastle United in the Premier League Cup.
Given their dominance, Jaïdi conceded that he was disappointed not to have taken maximum spoils, but pleased nonetheless with the maturity shown by his young players.
Marcus Barnes upped his personal tally to nine for the season, curling home the opener in the first half, and the Under-23s boss was quick to praise the forward's recent contribution, having netted four in his last four appearances.
"It was tough conditions out there tonight, but I thought our boys did themselves justice," Jaïdi began.
"We probably deserved more, I must say that. But I'm pleased to take away a point, and we're on track in the Premier League Cup.
"We had to battle, against a difficult team, and against the weather, but overall the performance was good. It showed real maturity.
"We scored early, and had them on the back foot. I thought we dominated for the most part.
"I'm obviously pleased with Marcus [Barnes], he's bought a lot more to his game this season. He's matured, and is a threat at all times from wide positions.
"My advice would be that he needs to keep learning and improving. But big well done to him, I'm pleased he's helping the team to get points."