Kevin Sheedy bemoaned Everton’s inability to translate their dominance into goals as the Blues slipped out of the FA Youth Cup with a 1-0 defeat to QPR at Loftus Road.
The visitors bossed the fourth round tie for the most part, enjoying the lion’s share of possession and frequently threatening the hosts’ goal.
But the breakthrough never arrived and they paid the price as Bruno Andrade scored what proved to be the winner early in the second half.
And Sheedy told evertontv: “We have put a lot of balls in the box and had people in the box but they are not reading it to get on the end of it.
“And although we were dominant, created most of the chances and forced their keeper into a couple of good saves – for all our effort we didn’t get the goal.
“So you can look back and say we were the better side – which we were, we created the better chances – but we have not got that person in the right place at the right time.
“And in cup football if you don’t score goals then you leave yourself wide open. We can’t seem to keep clean sheets at the same time, so we are bitterly disappointed really.”
While the FA Youth Cup is a big part of the Under-18s’ calendar, fundamentally it is all about improving the players.
And for Sheedy, in defeat, sometimes the lessons are that bit more meaningful.
“The players have put in 100 per cent but we let ourselves down at times,” he added. “We gave away the ball cheaply when in some good positions and for all our dominance we needed to be better at certain things.
“Generally the performance was really good and the effort was good but we keep playing really well and not wining games and that is not a good trait.
“We need to change the mentality and start getting people on the end of good chances and there are things we will go away and work on.
“It is nice to have a good run in the cup but it is all about player development and this is a bad experience they will have to learn from. There are things to take on board and there are lessons to be learned from this.”