Under-18s lead coach Mark Tinkler was proud of his side after a narrow Premier League Cup final defeat to Manchester City at the Riverside.
Felix Nmecha scored the only goal just after half-time as City edged an engaging contest.
"Like I said to the lads after the game, they've been superb this season," Tinkler said.
"The application and attitude and the drive to win in this cup run, and they way they've performed - I'm proud again tonight.
"We were playing against a City side with real quality and we knew it would be a test.
"But the discipline and willingness to work for each other was fantastic."
Watch the full interview with Mark Tinkler in the video player above.