Richard Garcia was proud of the effort his under-strength Perth Glory side put in before slipping to a 1-0 defeat against Western Sydney Wanderers.
Glory are aiming for the top six of the A-League this season but the defeat on Wednesday night sees them slip to 10th spot on the ladder.
Glory picked up a huge win over Sydney FC in their last game but then suffered yet another blow after five key players became unwell forcing the game against Macarthur to be postponed.
The clash against the Wanderers at CommBank Stadium could go ahead but Glory were still without star players like Bruno Fornaroli, captain Brandon O'Neill and star import Daniel Sturridge.
Glory were not helped by the fact that the Wanderers players had a point to prove to new coach Mark Rudan who was only appointed on Monday following the sacking of Carl Robinson.
Even so Glory battled hard and only succumbed to a Jack Rodwell strike in the 26th minute.
Garcia was pleased with the way his side performed and says they will have learned a lot from the outing.
"It’s always going to be difficult when you’ve got five of your starters out," Garcia told reporters after the game. "There were very encouraging signs.
"There were some really good patches in the game, where the boys kept the ball, but we just lacked that little bit of killer instinct in the final third. It’s something we can learn.
"We’ve got to be stronger than everyone else because we are going through something different to everyone else."
Things do not get any easier for Glory when they face Melbourne City on Sunday with Garcia confirming he will again be without a host of important players.