Matt Gill praised the performance of Norwich City's Under-23s after they were narrowly beaten by their Eintracht Braunschweig counterparts on Friday.
Facing a vastly more experienced side and off the back of a testing week of pre-season training, City's youngsters battled hard throughout in their second friendly match in the space of 48 hours.
Speaking to the media after the game, Gill said: "I thought we were fantastic.
"The lads have done themselves a load of favours there. It's great to play against opposition from a competitive men's league.
"That's probably the little bit we're lacking at the moment, that match nous. It's superb for us that's come out today as it's a learning experience."
Detailing what his side will have picked up on from facing such an opponent, Gill added: "It was a fantastic opportunity to learn.
"We're trying to instil bravery into the boys because we want brave footballers. They really stuck to their task well and competed which was fantastic.
"As a coach, this week couldn't have gone much better for the lads. What they've been exposed to and the surroundings have been great experiences for them.
"We really appreciate having the chance to come out with the first team as it's a real opportunity for the boys to give it all. That's what they have done, every single one of them."