Matt Gill believes his Under-23s will learn a great deal from their 4-2 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.
His side could not produce a late comeback akin to the one two weeks ago at the same venue when they fought back from three down in the Premier League Cup to draw 3-3.
Slow starts have been a recurring theme for the U23s this season and Gill has urged his side to be more alert from the first whistle.
Speaking post-match, Gill said: “In a way, losing tonight will help the boys. Coming from behind and getting something in so many games has maybe papered over the cracks a tiny bit.
“The boys are under no illusions – they cannot start games like that. It’s the first 10-15 minutes that cost us. Individuals need to learn quickly about the urgency they need to start games.
“In football, it’s a 90 minute game. You need to get credit in the bank before you think about anything else. You need to be solid, working hard for your teammates."
Gill’s side once again showed real character to stay in the game until the final few minutes and that pleased the U23s boss.
“Tonight should accelerate their learning,” he added. “Every one of them is desperate to learn and desperate to improve.
“They’re a really resilient bunch but they need to learn very quickly.”