Kevin Nugent has given a mixed take on Millwall Under 23s' display on Tuesday afternoon, as the young Lions suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Calmont Road.
Nugent expresses his disappointment at the first-half performance from his youthful side, but praises a major lift in the second half which contained several chances to claw a way back into the game, before a late Rangers third.
"We've done excellently lately, but I have to say I'm disappointed with the first half," the Under 23 manager said to millwallfc.co.uk.
"We came into this game having scored seven in two games and conceding just one, but we played as if we'd already cracked it in the first 45 minutes. We played as 11 individuals and didn't show what has given us results before.
"At half-time, we got that into the boys and we came out in the second half much better. We were very good, and possibly could have come back into the game, but for a few good saves from their 'keeper."
Despite the unflattering scoreline in the Professional Development League contest, Nugent is looking to build on the positive foundations from the game.
"These lads are learning and that's what the Under 23s are about, and to make a career in football you have to show your good attributes consistently, do the basics right and do enough to earn results.
"We're making sure these young boys are consistent, grounded and work hard - they've shown plenty of promise and capability so far this season.
"As I say, we really raised our game in the second half, the first-team lads in there did well too with their usual great attitude, we worked as a team and we showed great tempo in much of the final 45."