Martin Hunter was left disappointed after Southampton's Checkatrade Trophy exit, but was still able to reflect on the positives of the tournament for his players this season.
Saints' journey in the competition came to an end on Wednesday night, as they lost on penalties in the last 32 to Reading, following a 1-1 draw at St Mary's.
While he would have liked more, Hunter believes the four games that the club have been involved in this term have been beneficial for many young players, giving them a valuable taste of senior football.
"There have been lots of positives individually through the three group games," he said. "That was positive. It's just ended on a sour note, so it's now back to the training ground.
"As we would always do, we'll look at the game, pick out the things we need to improve on and then we've got to be smarter, as well as working hard on the training ground."
Hunter added: "The main lessons are to take on board the information that's required to win the games when they're playing at this level and under-23 level.
"It's about having a gameplan, it's about understanding your role and making sure you conduct yourself in that way for the duration of the game."