Billy Barr saw the good and bad from his side during a narrow 2-1 defeat to Chelsea Under-23s at the weekend.
Dan Butterworth bagged once again and managed to complete the full game against the high-flying Blues, but it was all to be for nothing, with Jon Russell and Armando Broja doing the damage to earn the points for the hosts.
The result moved Chelsea back to the summit, with Barr ruing is team's first half display in Cobham.
But he admitted that he was happier by the reaction shown from his young charges after the interval.
“I was disappointed by the first half display but really encouraged by our second half performance," he reflected.
“We took it to them. We spoke to the group at half time and said that it’s nothing like we’ve played so far this season.
“To give credit to the lads, they went back out there and were a totally different team straight from the kick-off.
“The flow of the game was ours in the second half, we created numerous chances, got back into the game through Dan Butterworth, before losing the game through a howler that came from nothing.
“We’ve learnt from the game. We’ve learnt that we showed Chelsea far too much respect in the first half," he added.
“If we can go to a high-flying Chelsea side and be better than them for half a game, then that’s encouraging, but we’ve got to make sure that’s our mentality when starting and finishing games.”