Michael Duff admitted his side had looked ‘green’ as the Clarets’ Under-23s were beaten 4-1 by Bolton in their Professional Development League derby.
But he insisted there were positives to take from the Tameside Stadium defeat that ended the Clarets’ four-match unbeaten run.
“People might see the result at 4-1, but it was nothing like the Sheffield United game (a 6-1 loss),” said Duff.
“There were lots of positives in it. It was a young performance, a green performance where we were a bit wet behind the ears.
“We were disappointed with the goals, but there were some good things in amongst it as well. But they were more clinical in both boxes.”
The Clarets looked as bright an attacking force as they have all season.
But they found themselves 2-0 down after just 10 minutes as teenage central defenders Olly Younger and James Clarke found it tough going.
And even though Tinashe Chakwana pulled one back, the Clarets left themselves too much to do.
Bolton added a third before the break and wrapped up a fourth straight league win through a spectacular late strike from captain Liam Edwards.
Under-23s boss Duff added: “I thought we were the better team in the first half. We created more chances, but what we have to learn is you can’t be the better team and be 3-1 down.
“You can’t concede one goal and then concede another one straight after it.
“In the second half we set a challenge to the two centre-halves and I thought they stepped up to it well, because they got beat up in the first half.
“That’s the challenge for two under-18 players going up against older, bigger and good players. It’s something they have to learn.
“To be fair to them, I thought they rose to it second half, even though it was difficult. They were 3-1 up and they just kept it turning it round with two bigs lads up top who were willing runners. It’s tough to play against.
“The lad scored a goal that he’s probably never going to score again (for the fourth goal). It was an unbelievable strike, so I’m not too disappointed.”