Clive Allen had nothing but praise for his reserve side after the unlucky defeat against league leaders Charlton on Monday night.
Up against a strong Charlton side, we hit the woodwork three times at The Valley, forced home keeper Stephan Andersen into some fine saves, missed chances and then conceded a last-minute own goal in the 2-1 defeat.
Development coach Clive reflected: "I thought we defended well against experienced Premier League strikers in Johansson and Jeffers and limited their chances.
"Our build-up play from the back was good, Sean Davis came through 90 minutes without a reaction, Dean Marney looks to have grown, he controlled the game.
"Rohan Ricketts looked lively, both wingers did, with him and Mark Yeates getting crosses in and causing their full-backs problems.
"Lee Barnard and Mounir El Hamdaoui up front did everything asked of them, hit the targets, hit the woodwork and they didn't get what they deserved, a goal apiece. They both hit the post and both deserved to be on the scoresheet.
"We didn't get what we deserved, but that's the game. It's all about learning and players understanding that sometimes, things don't work out however well you play."