Radhi Jaïdi's Under-23s will feel hard done by in Premier League 2 this evening, having come away with zero points after taking a deserved lead against Aston Villa.
The tie was turned on its head in the second period, where the winner was netted in the 88th minute, but despite the loss, Jaïdi feels satisfied with the week-to-week improvement of his young troops.
Five members of his squad are currently training under the watchful eye of new first-team manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl, and Jaïdi hopes that will set a trend for the remainder of the season, with the overall development of young players top of his agenda.
"I thought we had a really good first half," the Under-23s boss reflected.
"We created plenty of chances and could have scored at least twice.
"We played the ball out from the back, like I'd asked, at the right tempo.
"But football is about being resilient in both boxes, and we didn't do that throughout.
"The result probably wasn't deserved, and we had a young side out.
"There are five members of our squad in the first team picture currently, so I'm pleased with our overall development.
"The reason we're here is to develop and improve young players for the first team, and we're achieving that at the moment."