Coach Radhi Jaïdi was proud of his young side's efforts in the 3-3 draw with League One side Northampton Town, despite exiting the Checkatrade Trophy in dramatic circumstances.
Needing a win to qualify, Saints were bravely in control having scored three well crafted goals, before Jimmy Floyd Hasslebank summoned some experience from his bench and ignited a miraculous home resurgence.
Edging the tie on penalties, the Cobblers secured victory by the narrowest of margins, and booked their place in the next round of the competition at the expense of the luckless Saints.
Reflecting on a tough night for his young charges, Jaïdi said: "I think obviously you can take different aspects, but considering young boys playing against men it is a learning curve.
"It’s an opportunity for the boys to see themselves playing against older players. A lot of good stuff in the first half, we started well, were positive, scored a goal and created a lot of chances.
"I told them at half time to keep doing the same thing and obviously manage the game because we were winning 1-0 and needed to keep the ball and be effective. That happened.
"The only frustrating bit is the last ten minutes or a little bit more where we conceded three goals. I think it’s a mixture of knowing what to do in certain situations and that comes with experience. The management side."
Notwithstanding the disappointing result, Jaïdi wanted to praise 21-year-old Jake Hesketh, who continued to mark his return to competitive football with a standout performance and two expertly taken goals.
"Happy for Jake. He showed his strength," Jaïdi continued. "He was a threat as always in between and behind them and he got two goals.
"We have been waiting for Jake for a long time and we now have him back, we need to make sure he is fit to play 90 minutes."