Matt Gill admitted he expected a better performance from his Under-23s as they drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion in Premier League 2.
Owen Wallis’s header was cancelled out by Steven Alzate’s second half strike but Gill said his side didn’t perform as well as he hoped they would.
Speaking post-match, Gill said: “As far as away performances go, I’m slightly disappointed with our control of the game. We didn’t keep the ball as well as we normally do.
“We’re used to being a possession-based team and I felt we were a little bit scruffy tonight in all areas of the pitch.
“But they have to be exposed to different environments and games at this level. It was a tough pitch tonight and the lads dug in.
“We took the lead and on another night may have held out. But a point each is a fair result in the end."
Gill started with a young side - an average age of just over 18 to be precise - with Adam Idah and Louis Lomas both making their first starts at U23 level.
“We were a really young team tonight, probably the youngest we’ve been in a long time,” he added.
“We had a few 16-year-olds playing and it was a really good experience for them to come away and not get beat.
“It was both Adam and Louis’ full debuts at this level. For them both to start as first-year scholars is fantastic. All credit to them for the development they’ve made since being at the club.”