David Dunn admitted his side were below-par as they slipped to their first home league defeat of the season against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday evening.
The night began in positive fashion when Scott Quigley scored his first goal of the season to give The Bluebirds a 16th-minute lead but The Latics hit back and were in front by half-time thanks to goals from Ben Garrity and Danny Rowe.
Matt Platt’s second of the campaign saw Barrow back on level terms on 79 minutes but Rowe converted a penalty a minute later before Conor McAleny marked his return from injury by making it 4-2.
Dior Angus bundled home a third goal for Dunn’s men right at the death, but it proved mere consolation and defeat left the Barrow boss hugely frustrated.
“I thought too many were under-par and we couldn’t quite get our rhythm going,” he told iFollow.
“For fifteen minutes we were good, passed it with a real purpose, caused them a few problems and got a deserved goal – but then we stopped playing after that.
“Fair play to Oldham because their shape was good but if you score three goals at home you’ve got to win the game.
“It’s the fine details that have gone against us so we all have to be better; we have to work on it because we’ve conceded from another set-piece and sloppy penalty so we’re disappointed.
“We’ll train again tomorrow, we’ll recover and do things properly and then go again on Thursday to try and get ourselves a good result against Wimbledon.”