From the Burdekin United side to the Liverpool side, there were plenty of technical drills to learn from the defeat at Craven Cottage.
With a win on Saturday, they will look to build on a strong performance at Carrow Road.
What we learnt…
How did the players cope with the defeat?
The first thing that came to my mind when I heard the news of the Bowness defeat was the reaction of the players.
There was a bit of a collective sigh of relief that it wasn’t as bad as we feared it might be.
The lack of quality was clearly evident, especially with the two centre-backs in the starting XI.
They were a bit more vocal than usual in their frustration at not being able to break through.
I think that is the one thing that is most concerning, and that is that they do not feel confident in their defence.
I don’t think the players are at a point where they are ready to take on more responsibility at the moment.
We all know what can happen when you let too much pressure in, and when you give too much space to the opposition.
I can understand their disappointment, but it is not something we can easily change.
It was a very difficult day, but the players were all ready to bounce back.
Did we learn anything from the game?
I think the biggest lesson for us was how we reacted to the defeat.
We had a bit too much control and a little too much intensity.
We should not have been in such a situation, but we are learning from this.
It showed us how much we need to work on this and how we can improve.
What are the main things we need now?
We need to play a bit smarter.
It took us a while to get to grips with the situation, and we did not get to take full advantage of the opportunities that we had.
The main thing we need is to learn to play the game as a collective group, rather than as individuals.
We need a little bit more tactical clarity in the way we play.
We have got to learn how to manage our bodies more and be more comfortable when we do have the ball.
We were also fortunate to have a lot of players that were able to go off for goal, and then come back in the second half and start making plays.
That is something that we have not really shown in the past.
We know we can do that, but unfortunately we have to do that now.
What can we expect in the next few weeks?
I am not sure we have a good idea of how we are going to start the season, and I am also not sure how the rest of the season is going to go.
We are all still young and have lots of potential.
We will have to learn the lessons of this game, and it is always good to start from a position of strength.
We can learn a lot from what happened in the first half, but I do not know if we will get a lot out of it.
Will we be playing in the FA Cup?
We are still a long way from that.
It is definitely a step up from last season.
We lost to Liverpool and then we lost to Stoke.
It will be a real step up, but there is still a lot to learn.
Will our players have confidence?
We still have to work out how to deal with a lot more pressure.
There is also a lot going on with our defence, and they need to take a bit longer to settle into the new system.
I have been really impressed with how well we have played this season.
There are a lot things that need to be sorted out with our formation and our personnel, and how to give the team the best chance to win.
Will the FA cup be an opportunity to win the league?
We want to win this cup, but this is a new league and it does not matter where we finish in the table.
I know the manager is pleased with the performances we have been doing and how well the squad has been progressing, so we will have some competition in that league, too.
We just need to start playing better.