YOU'VE done the town of Swindon absolutely proud' was the resounding message as Dave Byrne's boys saw their FA Youth Cup adventure ended in cruel fashion by Newcastle United last night.

A goal just two minutes from the end of extra-time sent Town spinning out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage but while the players wept with disappointment, the plaudits flowed just as freely.

Newcastle's 2-1 victory earned them a semi-final date with either Liverpool or Sheffield United but Byrne is adamant that plusses aplenty are to be found.

Byrne, who was left with the task of trying to lift and console his shattered troops, was positively swelling with pride as he reflected on an incredible journey.

He said: "They've done the town of Swindon absolutely proud.

"I've never worked with a bunch of lads that have shown so much endeavour.

"They've gone to the bottom of the barrel and even further. I've got nothing but praise for them.

"It's been a great journey, it's ended and we'll go on and start the rebuilding process for next year.

"The dressing room is full of tears, which is only to be expected, but I think the reaction of the crowd at the end showed exactly what they thought.

"I just want to get back in the dressing room and assure them they're still top drawer."

Byrne also added that he wouldn't swap any of his players for those of the opposition.