Paul Thirlwell has urged Carlisle's fans not to panic despite the side's 2-1 friendly loss to Morecambe on Tuesday.
The Cumbrians squandered an early lead to succumb to a surprise defeat at the hands of the League Two side, but the 32-year-old insists the club will get things right in time for the start of the season.
"We need to play as a team," Thirlwell told the News & Star. "The gaffer sets us out into a shape and, when we stick to it, we're a hard team to beat but sometimes we can get a little bit ragged.
"There were a lot of substitutions, but we don't want to make excuses because we conceded bad goals. The positive thing was the first half.
"It's still very early and we don't want to make excuses as we want to win games as everyone does. But the bottom line is it is pre-season and, if you're going to make errors, this is the time to make them.
"It's all about being bang-on and everybody being 100 per cent on the pitch to face Notts County."