Mark Connolly was pleased with how both he and the side fared in Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea.
The defender played near enough the full 90 minutes of the match and insisted the side can be happy with the fitness gained from the contest.
"Pre-season is all about fitness and I think it was a good workout for the boys," he told iFollow Crawley.
"We're getting used to the way the manager wants us to play and how hard he wants us to work. The lads got vital minutes under their belts and so I think we can be pleased."
Two minutes from time it was the Irishman's cross that set up Joe McNerney's header, and the defender was happy to contribute to the equalising goal.
"I just put my head down and tried to whip it in the best I could and it was nice to get an assist for Joe," he continued.
"It's nice to come away with a draw and not lose - I felt good and fit and was happy I nearly lasted the whole 90 minutes.
"It's been hard work so far but everyone's buying into what we're learning in pre-season and it's all geared towards the first game of the season at home to Port Vale on Saturday 5th August."