Leeds United Under-18s coach Mark Jackson spoke to LUTV after their FA Youth Cup exit at Burnley on Monday evening.
The Whites dominated proceedings at Turf Moor, but succumbed to a late Jordan Cropper strike, six minutes from time.
An emotional Jackson couldn’t hide his pride and was full of praise for his squad.
“I’m extremely disappointed, but I am even more proud of the players,” said Jackson.
“I couldn’t really get any words out when I was speaking to them on the pitch in the huddle at the end, because I couldn’t describe how proud I was of them.
“They worked tirelessly hard, played some quality football, did everything we asked of them and showed a real true passion and desire to play for this club.
“Sometimes results like this can happen, I said before the game and at half time, that this game would not define their careers as footballers, but the performance certainly will, it will stand them in good stead and I hope people saw that performance and desire.
“Burnley defended well and put their bodies on the line, we kept knocking on the door, imposed our style of play and created chances, but we just couldn’t get the goal.
“Some of the lads were in tears afterwards and I think some of the staff were as well, because everyone knows the group of players we have here.
“There is a togetherness and a desire within the group to work hard and give everything for this football club.
“It is an easy task for me to pick the players up because we have such a fantastic group of players both on and off the field.
“We will work hard on the league, this is just a little blip in the season and the boys are pushing on to play for the Under-23s which is good.
“We are ultimately here to produce players for the gaffer to put in the team and to step onto the Elland Road turf and entertain our fantastic fans and that is what we are looking to do.”
You can see the full interview with Mark Jackson below: