Albion U21's manager Simon Rusk says his side can learn a lot from their 2-0 defeat to Wimbledon in the EFL Trophy.

Goals from Zach Robinson and Adam Roscrow secured the victory for the League One side.

Rusk was missing a number of first team players, who could be involved in Albion's squad for their Carabao Cup tie against Preston tomorrow night.

However, Rusk felt his side gained plenty from going up against Wimbledon.

He said: “There’s loads to learn from tonight, we were a young side, especially the one that finished the game.

“Wimbledon were worthy winners and their experience told, but we can take a lot from this evening and learn from it.

“We had a tough first half, but we hung in there, that’s a lesson in itself in terms of game management and making sure you stay in a match.

“We did that and had our moments in the second half, but we didn’t hurt their goal enough.

“It’s about key moments in games and taking care of those in first team football.

“Wimbledon had a lot of EFL experience and that’s why this competition is so good for us because our lads get to come up against that.”