Frankie Bunn says there are plenty of positives for Huddersfield Town to pick from their Professional Under 21 Development League II play-off final defeat at Swansea City.
Two goals by Flo Bojaj couldn’t prevent a 3-2 defeat by a home side including Kenji Gorre, the son of former Town midfielder Dean who also notched a double.
But coach Bunn said: “We’ve played away at a Premier League club and we’ve come away really disappointed not to have won.
“Ultimately the game is about development as well, but if you reach a final you have to try to win it.
“I think it is testament to all the academy that this was a third successive final for either the Under 18 or 21 sides.”
Bojaj gave Town the lead, but the young Swans scored three before the striker got his second.
“I thought we had a go, but errors and bad decisions cost us on the evening,” added Bunn.
“Swansea are renowned for their passing style, but I thought we coped with that in the opening 20 minutes.
“We started the game really well on the ball and created a couple of chances.
“We went 1-0 up and didn’t look in any real danger when we got into our shape. Swansea were shooting from distance and that was fine.
“Then an error from a corner cost us, so we went into half-time at 1-1.
“I thought we started the second half brightly as well and created another couple of chances, but goals change games and unfortunately they didn’t go in for us.
“Swansea scored their second through some poor defending and then the third came through a poor decision. We tried to play out and got caught.
“At that point we could have been looking at four or five, but they stuck at it and we pulled it back to 3-2.
“In the end we just missed out on an equaliser in the closing moments of the game, when Jack Senior’s volley just got deflected away for a corner.”
Bunn concluded: “It’s been a gruelling few months and this was our 38th game of the season.
“We’ve reached the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup and now the play-off final, beating Premier League clubs along the way in both.
“Unfortunately we came up short at Swansea, but there is still a lot to be proud of. The academy is moving in the right direction.”