Paul Stancliffe felt there were plenty of lessons learnt during his side’s 1-0 defeat against York City on Saturday.
The U18s boss is looking at the positives following the defeat and is looking forward to making amends next time out at Oldham Athletic.
He said: “There was a lot that was pleasing but we got beat so that’s got to hurt them, they’ve got to know that. The players have got to realise it’s not just about them coming out and looking good, playing good, they’ve got to get a result at the end of the day.
“Based on the performance, that probably wasn’t a fair result – not with the amount of possession and chances we had.
“I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but you make your own luck. Yes, we’ve had chances and they need to look at themselves because they haven’t taken them, but there were some really good performances in there.”
Stancliffe was left without defender Danny Amos after he joined Buxton on loan for a month, so continued to assess players from the U15 and U16 age groups as the club look to who may be offered youth terms in future.
He added: “There’s always plus-points coming out of a game and I was impressed with the U16s, again.
“Young Charlie Bell, who is an U15, got a couple of minutes at the end if they are good enough then we’ll keep using them.”