Clive Allen agreed it was an 'entertaining' friendly encounter against Bishop's Stortford on Tuesday evening but found little else to his liking in the 6-4 win over the Conference South side.
"You could say that!" he sighed on the entertainment theme. "I likened it to an FA Cup tie. I thought we started well, looked to be in control and then, I thought through poor play from us, we gave Stortford the initiative to come back into the game.
"We nearly paid the price in a dramatic way. It is an interesting one because I think we are going to have more games like this. It is important as a learning curve - especially for the younger players - in how they handle it and how they go about the game. It is about how you try and win these type of encounters."
Two goals apiece from Kieran McKenna and Lee Barnard along with strikes from Radwan Hamed and Jamie O'Hara finally settled the contest. Stortford, however, were rarely out of the game and the score sequence was (our score first) 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 4-3, 5-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Despite his concerns over certain elements of the performance, Clive stated that the game proved a useful exercise.
"I do without a doubt. I looked at the lads and learned a lot about individuals and a lot about the group and how together they are. There were, unfortunately, a lot of negatives that came out of it.
"It was an important game for a number of the lads and we need and will have more games like this. It is all part of their development."