Chelsea under-18 captain Charlie Colkett admitted that his side did not match up to Leeds United in the physical battle on Tuesday night, despite picking up the victory in the FA Youth Cup.
Chelsea's youngsters got past the Whites with 10 men, but Colkett wasn't entirely satisfied by the way his team had played.
He felt that the Blues had lost the physical battle during the first-half and gave themselves an uphill struggle after that.
"It was a difficult game for us and a different game to what we usually face," Colkett admitted to Chelsea's official site.
"We were a bit disappointed at half-time because I don't think we matched them physically like we should have. We all want to show what we can do on the ball but sometimes you have to earn the right to play first.
Leeds nearly caused an upset, but were not able to take their chances against a hugely talented Chelsea squad.
The London club are among the favourites to win the competition, but they were not too far from being dumped out by Leeds yesterday evening.
Chelsea took the lead in the first-half, but their progress in the competition looked to be in doubt when goalkeeper Bradley Collins was sent off at the start of the first half.
However, the Premier League side's youngsters stood firm in the face of a barrage of Leeds attacks and sealed their progress with a late strike.
It was a sign of Chelsea's quality, but Leeds's young hopefuls will take heart from their own performance.
With Neil Redfearn, the former academy manager at Elland Road, now in charge of the senior side there is a great chance for many of the youth-team to force their way into the first-team.
Redfearn knows the quality that each of the young players' possess and he is sure to have been an interested spectator last night.
Whether any of the squad did enough to prove to Redfearn they were ready for a role in his senior side remains to be seen, but they can certainly take heart from the way they gave one of the most talented youth teams in the country such a battle.