Northampton Town's youth team travelled to Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday for their latest EFL Youth Alliance fixture.
Morgan Roberts scored twice for the Cobblers in a 4-2 defeat with coach Jon Brady disappointed with the performance.
“Morgan was outstanding but he was one of very few of our players who can take credit from the game,” he said.
“To give MK Dons credit they were everything I would want my team to be in terms of a work ethic and how they pressed us.
“Unfortunately a lot of our players just weren’t on it and there is a lot we can learn.”