EDDY LECYGNE felt the development squad were unlucky not to have claimed at least a point from their encounter with Liverpool on Friday night after slipping to a narrow 1-0 defeat.
The Under-21s created a host of good opportunities at the Britannia Stadium but suffered defeat courtesy of Cameron Brannagan's 13th minute effort.
The 17-year-old revealed to stokecityfc.com his disappointment at the manner of the winning goal after believing the Potters were the better side for long periods.
"I'm really disappointed with the result and the way that we conceded because it was such a stupid goal for us to concede," Lecygne said after the game.
"I felt we should have scored at least one goal especially in the first half because the game was quite open.
"We certainly had the better of the chances against Liverpool but we just couldn't take them unfortunately.
"We have got the same problem all the time in that we can't seem to score, but it's something we'll keep working on and hopefully the goals will start to flow soon."
The team are next in action on Friday afternoon when they welcome league leaders Fulham to Clayton Wood (kick-off 2.00pm) and Lecygne is hoping they can take heart from their recent performances when they come up against the Cottagers.
"It will be another tough game for us because we know that they are playing extremely well at the moment," he added.
"However, we played well against Manchester City recently who are near the top and picked up good victories against Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough so we have just got to keep going and try to score some goals to win more games.
"If you don't convert your chances then you won't win games so we will work on that during training this week to hopefully change our luck in front of goal.
The French midfielder meanwhile has started the last five Under-21 fixtures after performing consistently for John Perkins' Under-18 squad this season and he admits that he is enjoying his football at the higher level.
"It's been going well for me this season particularly after moving up to the development squad," said Lecygne.
"It is a good experience for me to be playing against older players on a consistent basis at Under-21 level.
"I feel as though I am improving as a result of playing game after game at a higher level and so I'm certainly hoping it can continue that way."