Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
When you win, all’s well. The captain says that you played well as a unit while adding a cautionary note: “We are not yet the finished article.”
When you lose, he talks about processes and learning curves. Lose a few in a row and he might even pull out the phrase ‘transitional period’.
What we’re trying to say here is that sometimes you have to go to the pub before you know who’s won.