Chris Morgan was keen to take positives from United's U21s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Tuesday evening.
Despite a second-half double from Danny Philliskirk, United succumbed to a 3-2 defeat against the Owls, for whom Gary Madine scored twice.
Speaking afterwards, Morgan felt the game, despite the reversal, will stand his youngsters in good stead for the future: "First and foremost, I thought it was a cracking game of football. I spoke with (Wednesday coach) Lee Bullen and we both agreed playing the game at Hillsborough gave the players an excellent match atmosphere.
"Playing at stadiums around the country is what really enhances the development of young players and we saw two really committed teams go head-to-head.
"I don't like losing, and nor do the lads, but they did everything asked of them and although there is a few learning curves from the goals we conceded, nobody can question the workrate, attitude and endeavour of our players.
"We are disappointed to lose but we will have learned more from that game than any other this season."