Great Britain coach Nick Buller praised his side’s bulldog spirit as they slipped to a narrow women’s water polo defeat at the European Games.
After a heavy loss to Russia in their tournament opener, Buller urged his under-17 team to show their potential against Germany.
It was close throughout but the more experienced German side showed just too much class as Great Britain slipped to a 10-7 loss, with Alice Dean and Verity McCoy both claiming doubles.
"I’m bitterly disappointed to lose; I thought we could have won it," said Buller, whose youthful side is aiming for a top ten finish in Baku.
"The posts had a great game for them and our shooting just wasn’t there."
British synchronised swim coach Katie Dawkins declared herself happy but admitted there was work to do after Team GB progressed to the free combination final at the European Games in Baku.
As expected Russia, Spain and the Ukraine dominated the top positions while Dawkins's youthful team ranked tenth in the preliminaries, with a score of 74.900.
"Presentation probably could have been better in the second half, that’s what we really need to work on and we know that," said Dawkins.