Sunderland Under-23s face Cardiff City today looking to bounce back quickly from back-to-back defeats.
Andy Welsh's side have been beaten by Manchester City and Liverpool in their last two Premier League 2 outings.
Welsh is looking for a response from his side in Cardiff this afternoon.
"The lads will learn so much from their last two games and especially last weekend by playing against a Premier League striker like Danny Ings," added Welsh.
"They will learn more than what they will on the training field and that is what we are about.
"We set off to win every game and last year we were fantastic at that."
He added: "This year we are finding it a little bit more difficult, especially when you look at our results against Man City and Liverpool, but it’s all about a response now.
"We want to continue developing players for the next stage and making sure they are primed and ready when called upon.
"We have started very well to have got 10 points from our first six league games but against Liverpool while our effort was good our passing wasn’t.
"Cardiff will be good chance for us to get back on track and it's all about a response from the lads now."