Michael Jolley admitted his disappointment as The Bluebirds were beaten by a decisive early goal in Saturday’s encounter against Southend United at Roots Hall.
The new boss was frustrated at the manner in which his side conceded to Shrimpers debutant Reeco Hackett-Fairchild with just three minutes on the clock in Essex.
Even a red card for the home side early in the second half couldn’t help tip the balance back in Barrow’s favour as the hosts defended deep and held on for an important three points.
“I think frustrating is the right word to describe it,” Jolley told iFollow Barrow.
“Clearly, the start was poor – we didn’t make the start that we wanted; the lad Southend have just signed is left-footed but we showed him inside on to his left foot so it was really disappointing.
“I thought we had a period after that when we produced some good stuff and had a few chances but in the second half it was just incredibly frustrating.
“The red card didn’t really help us, ironically. They kind of camped on the edge of the box and we couldn’t break them down.
“No excuses; we’re disappointed to lose but I am learning about the group and I learned some important lessons today.”