Northampton Town Under 18s manager Jon Brady says his team showed character and resilience in their 2-2 draw away to top-of-the-table Luton Town on Saturday morning.
Tommy Curry and Liam Cross scored the young Cobblers' goals in an EFL Youth Alliance League fixture that they were largely on top in.
Brady said: "We conceded an early goal so it's the same old story, but we fought our way back into the game.
"We equalised through Tommy with an excellent finish and led through Liam with a good header.
"We had a few half chances and we can learn from their equaliser.
"We were really dominating the game and possession and in the end I'm disappointed for the lads because we should have had all three points.
"However, they showed a lot of character and resilience after the disappointment of the FA Youth Cup loss on Wednesday.
"The boys worked really hard today so I'm pleased with the way they've bounced back."
The Cobblers youngsters have played four games in 12 days, and manager Brady added: "Our squad's very thin.
"However, we've given a lot of players game time which is great because it's all about development and ensuring they're competitive.
"That's very pleasing for us."
The Under 18s' next competitive fixture is in two weeks when they travel to Gillingham.