Despite carving out several chances, our Under-18s were beaten 1-0 by Brighton in a hard-fought fourth round encounter on the south coast to end our hopes of lifting the famous trophy this season.
It was a hugely disappointing result for skipper Mbete and his colleagues with Zak Emmerson’s 73rd minute goal ultimately proving the difference.
But reflecting on the loss, the central defender insisted the squad would look to digest and learn the lessons from a frustrating afternoon.
“We are obviously very disappointed. We wanted to go further in this competition and look to win it,” Mbete reflected.
“But today was just one of those days. We have to stay positive as a team, keep our heads up and focus on the next league game.
“I did feel like we were the better team. They took their chance but we have to move on and stick together.
“As much as you want to win everything in football sometimes that is not the case.
“We have to learn from this. There is still a lot to play for in the league and we will channel all our energy into that.
“We will come back stronger, learn from this and come back even better.
“I’d also like to congratulate Brighton and wish them all the best for the rest of the competition.”