Clive Allen was delighted with the reserves for 40 minutes against high-flying Charlton on Monday night - before, in his words, a 'minute of madness' changed everything.
Charlton had barely been in the game as we led 1-0 through Rodrigo Defendi.
But everything changed with two Charlton goals in quick succession just before the break and then, three minutes into the second half, Defendi sent off for a foul in the box - Charlton converted the penalty and it was suddenly 3-1 down with 10 men.
"It was an excellent game and I thought it would be," reflected development coach Clive. "Charlton are a good side, they won the league last year and we knew we were in for a game.
"I was delighted with 40 minutes from the start, it was a high-level game in terms of the way the lads went about it. It was a good, solid start getting in front but a minute of madness has cost us dearly.
"We would have gone in 1-0 up if we had done it right but we went in 2-1 down.
"I said to them at half-time that they were definitely still in the game. We went out looking to pick it up but, once the penalty decision was given, it cost us against a good side and it was always going to be very difficult to get back into the game.
"I felt it was a big game for us, a chance to see how far we've come. It was always going to be a tough game and it was unfortunate that we were very good for 40 minutes then the game changed dramatically."