American entrepreneur Malcom Forbes describes failure as a triumph if it is learned from, a message Western Sydney Wanderers manager Markus Babbel has directed towards his team.

It is not often a team loses after scoring three times and it is an even rarer site when it happens twice.

For the second time this season the Wanderers have tasted defeat in a seven-goal thriller, this time at the hands of Melbourne City after best-and-fairest winner Bart Schenkeveld’s 93rd minute winner.

While Babbel would be excused for publicly berating his team for letting this happen again, he has taken an optimistic approach and has conveyed a strong message to the younger players in his team.

“The young players will learn a lot from this season,” Babbel said.

“We can talk about this being due to bad luck but the young boys will improve from this.

“If I compare us from when we started seven months ago to now many players have come a long way.

“But at the end of the day it’s still not good enough.

“If we were [good enough] we wouldn’t be losing these games and losing them often.

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“We’re unable to concentrate for 90 minutes and aren’t responding to challenges well.”

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Babbel has been an advocate of youth since his arrival, having blooded a number of players from the Wanderers academy who have repaid the faith their manager has shown in them.

Abraham Majok and Tass Mourdoukoutas have both scored since making their debut and despite conceding four goals against City 18-year-old Nick Suman made seven saves, five of which were inside the box, holding his own when the team were reduced to ten men.

Finals are very much out of the occasion now for the Wanderers who sit 13 points off sixth placed Adelaide United, having only won two games in 15.

Instead Babbel sees the second half of the season as an opportunity for young players to step up and take the opportunities afforded to them.

“If they’re good enough these young players will play,” Babbel said.

“They won’t be getting any special treatment, they know how hard they have to work.

“I encourage the players to take the chance if it’s there.

“For me it doesn’t matter who it is, if the younger players are up for it I will play them.”

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Having come from Germany where producing high quality footballers is almost second nature, Babbel understands the desire and determination players need to succeed.

Youth development has been a long withstanding issue in Australian football but Babbel believes it is unfair to compare Australia to Germany due to a lack of resources and facilities in Australia.

While Babbel says he was aware of this challenge prior to accepting the Wanderers job but admits he has been surprised by the lack of conviction up front across the league.

“The biggest surprise for me is players aren’t taking chances on the field,” Babbel said.

“We play a great style of football but we’re not taking our opportunities.

“For me scoring goals was the ultimate feeling.”

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