Matt Harrold insisted that Tuesday evening's game away to Brimingham City provided the side with food for thought after they exited the Carabao Cup at St Andrew's.
The home side ran out 5-1 winners on the night, and the striker admitted that the nature of the goals they scored was disappointing.
"I think we can learn a lot of lessons from tonight," he told iFollow Crawley.
"We didn't start well and should have kept the ball better but then I thought we grew into the game and began to look dangerous.
"We had some good openings but the way we ended up conceding the goals is really disappointing because it was too easy for them."
The Reds are back in league action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Cheltenham Town, and the forward emphasised how important the game was as the side look to register their first win of the campaign.
"Saturday is a massive game now," he continued.
"There's a lot of competition for places and everyone's getting game time and we've got a busy schedule coming up.
"Hopefully a result is very soon around the corner to get us going."