The new Reds midfielder played just over an hour of the match and afterwards said there were positive signs even though the overall result was not as desired.
"Nobody is firing on all cylinders yet but there were some good moments," Cole said.
"The main thing we take out of it is the shape of the team and the organisation, which was good.
"It was a good workout. It was hot day and pre-season is always difficult. There were no injuries, so everything went well.
"We have looked solid in all the pre-season games and we can build on that.
"We lost the game but the young lads who were playing got some good experience.
"While it's good to do lots of training, you need as many games as you can get and I am so glad I got through the 60 minutes."