Colchester United manager Joe Dunne saw plenty of positives from his team's performance despite their 2-1 League One defeat by Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
The U's took an early lead through a well-worked Goerge Moncur goal and were well worth their half-time advantage, however, two lapses after the break - the first after just 55 seconds after the restart - saw Aaron Wilbraham score twice to take all three points for the hosts.
While the ultimate result was a disappointment, there was no disgrace in Colchester's defeat against a side tipped for League One promotion this year.
Dunne said: "They are a top team in our league and have a class striker in Wilbraham.
"That class showed in his two goals.
"We should have dealt with the goals better and we didn't get organised for the first one.
"If your conecnntration levels drop, top pplayers will punish ypu.
"But I'm really pleased with how we did with a young team.
"Our game plan was spot on and we frustrated them.
"We got a reaction from the game the other evening (the 4-0 defeat by Charlton in the Capital One Cup) and if we maintain this aggressive way of counter-attacking we can be in better shape this season."
See Monday's Gazette for full reaction and a full report from the game at Bristol City.