Olufela Olomola believes Southampton Under-23s gave everything they could during their 3-2 defeat to a Chelsea side that boasted over 240 international caps.
An impressive display saw Saints lead for the majority of the match at Cobham, before late strikes from Michy Batshuayi and Marco van Ginkel cruelly snatched all three Premier League 2 points from Martin Hunter’s men.
“It was a great effort from the boys,” Olomola explained.
“Everybody worked their socks off, but the fact that we got so close to getting the three points makes it harder to take.
“We showed great spirit, great effort and everyone worked so hard for each other - hopefully we can learn from that now and take it into the next game.”
Olomola faced a tough test of his own in the fixture, as he lined up against a defensive pairing of former England captain John Terry and France international Kurt Zouma.
Though the Saints striker appeared completely unfazed by the situation - opening the scoring with a low drive after just five minutes.
“I am always up for a challenge,” he continued.
“It’s good for me to test myself against some of the best centre backs in the Premier League, so I was happy to take it on.
“I think I did okay – obviously there are things that I did well and other things I could have done better. I will look back at this performance now and improve.”