Matt Gill admitted his Under-23s’ display in their 3-0 defeat to Fulham in Premier League 2 was out of character.
City’s Development Squad had been on their best run of form of the season so far, only suffering one defeat in their last six matches, but were comfortably beaten on Wednesday night.
Speaking shortly after the final whistle, Gill said: “We’ve been in good form in the league, winning five of our last six and tonight wasn’t the norm for us.
“We’re obviously disappointed and it wasn’t really us out there tonight. We have a lot of disappointed boys in the dressing room.
“They’re developing boys who are trying to make their way in the game. They recognise that to be consistent, there will always been inconsistencies when they are 17 or 18.
“It’s about them recognising what they didn’t do well and what they’ve done well in recent weeks and taking that forward.
"That consistency level is important and we’ve got a good opportunity on Monday at Southampton with three games left."
The defeat put a dent in City’s chances of making the end of season play-offs in Premier League 2 Division 2 but Gill believes his team’s destiny is in their own hands.
“I still believe three wins will give us a sniff of being involved in something at the end of the season,” he added.
“Nothing has really changed as far as that is concerned. Fulham are probably the best team we’ve played this season.
“The lads are desperate to win but it’s important they learn from nights like tonight and improve on it.”