The Academy under 18s lost out by the odd goal in five when they met Bolton Wanderers at Compton Park on Saturday lunchtime.
Frustrated coach Mick Halsall pointed out that whilst his players deserved some reward for their efforts, they were masters of their own downfall with errors at the back and up front.
He said: “Our game with Bolton was another that we could have taken something from but a combination of poor decisions in our defending for their first two goals, and wasted chances, proved costly.
“We found ourselves two behind at half time although we could and should have had a couple of goals ourselves but did not hit the target, in particular, with two opportunities from close range.
“At one down shortly before the break, I thought we could get back into the game. But then to concede with a minute to go before the interval made our job all the more difficult.
“In both halves we had enough possession to have profited. However, we did not look as if we could break them down although by the end of the game we had scored two goals.
“Midway through the second half we pulled one back through Regan Carthy who scored with a far post header following a corner.
“We had some chances to get level but, as I’ve mentioned, didn’t take them and Bolton killed the game off when they got a third six minutes from the end.
“Ibrahim Keita converted a penalty deep into stoppage time but it was too little, too late, to have any impact on the game.”