John Coleman admitted he was unhappy with pre-season defeat at Barrow but believes his players will learn from the experience.
A young Reds side was beaten 2-0 at the Furness Building Society Stadium.
Coleman had mixed feelings about the game.
“They all got 90 minutes which was good," he said. "I thought it was an even game in the first half but we went in 2-0 because they defended better than us. We had a few harsh words about our defending as an eleven at half time and we did improve in the second half when they didn't lay a glove on us.
“We should've had a couple of penalties in that second half and hit the bar so we could've won the game let alone drawn it.
“We don't like losing and I'm not going to say that we like losing because we don't but there were a lot of young lads out there and I think they acquitted themselves well particularly in the second half.
“We had a training game at Blackburn in the afternoon so we just wanted as many players as possible to get as much game time as possible. In that respect it was mission accomplished.
“We have to learn and we certainly did that defensively in the second half. It's a good education for the young lads and that's what we have to take out of it.
“Bastian Hery looked excellent, as did Rommy Boco and Nathan Webb looked excellent at times. We need more of a cutting edge but I thought we were a threat at times tonight and made good chances.
“Nothing's decided. There are still opportunities in training and the games we have coming up for players to force themselves to the front and get themselves a start against Doncaster.”