Caretaker manager Scott Marshall was naturally disappointed after he watched his side lose late on against high-flying Sheffield United this evening - but he was also looking forward to the prospect of working with this group of first team players going forward.
"We want to get points on the board. That’s the point of the game – we want to produce results and winning teams. That hasn’t happened tonight," Marshall began his post-match assessment of the defeat.
"I think we struggled with the change in their shape in the second half, and didn’t move the ball around the pitch as well as we had done earlier in the game.
"There were a couple of moments where they released their wing-backs at us and pinned us in, and the pressure told in the last ten minutes. And it was disappointing to concede so late in the game.
"So now we’ll gather our thoughts, rest up for a couple of days and get back to it. I'm looking forward to getting some work done."
Despite defeat, Marshall saw signs of optimism working with a good group of players in training this week and then in gauging their reaction and efforts on the night.
"I’m looking around the dressing room and into players’ eyes and I’m seeing a group that wants to pull together. It’s a sore one at the moment but I’m excited at what can lie ahead.
"You can’t hide in the corner – you have to stand up and be counted. That’s what I’m trying to do right now and I’m sure others want to do that as well.
"It's not an easy time for the team at the moment, but there is only one way to meet these challenges and that's head on.
"The players are all professional guys. They’ll be hurting tonight because no-one likes to lose late on in a game. But we’ll gather our thoughts over the next couple of days and look to get some work done."