Sean Dyche insists he can see positive signs for Burnley despite their winless Premier League extending to eight games.
The Clarets once again produced an encouraging performance in defeat as they were beaten 2-0 by champions Man City on Saturday afternoon.
But, as has been the case on several occasions this season, it didn't yield a positive result with Burnley rooted in the bottom three.
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Yet Dyche, who wouldn't be drawn on a couple of referee decisions, has confidence that the Clarets will turn their season around and start finishing off the clear chances they are creating.
Here's what the Burnley boss had to say after the match
Your thoughts on the game?
"It was a bit like the game here two years ago where we didn’t do that much wrong but got punished.
"It was a bit similar, a different score level but a couple of moments went against us from them reacting quicker than us.
"They still created a couple of really good chances, that is what Man City do, but we created a couple of good chances ourselves.
"That isn’t easy coming to this place so on reflection some very positive things about what we are doing but once again we don’t get anything.
"But it is tough to come here and get anything.
"There were signs again today, the team are motivated, all noses are pointing in the right direction and I like that.
"There is energy and belief in what we are trying to achieve and that is all there but we have to take our chances.
"Yet again we created some, not as many, but still high quality but that is the key. It is very difficult to create high quality chances in the Premier League but now we are doing that. We just have to make sure we take them."
Did you feel hard done by on a couple of decisions? A penalty shout on Chris Wood and a foul on Jack Cork in build up to City second?
"We don’t get a lot, I am not crying it in because statistically that is correct, particularly on penalty shouts.
"But I am not going to start harping on about that, it is more important we focus on the things we are doing and the things we are not doing so well. We keep reminding the players of the positive things we are doing because that is important.
"The level of performance over a season is very important, we have taken the game on today and we didn’t wait and defend. We came to take the game on and there were moments where we got ourselves in some great positions and we didn’t.
"There is a lot of things to take from that performance, the two centre halves were outstanding, Popey looking sharp and commanding his box.
"There were good signs but we have to keep building on them."
Was the Maxwel Cornet substitution about protecting him?
"100 per cent protection. He has come in and the Premier League is a different fitness level. He is a fit fella but it is a different level.
"He hasn’t played any football in between having a hamstring injury and today so it is just common sense.
"You can still get beat here no matter who you play so we have to look at that with common sense. We can’t put players at risk, he got just under 60 minutes in and we felt he was just starting to fatigue.
"Hamstrings are funny things and you have to be careful."
Will Charlie Taylor and Matej Vydra be fit for Southampton?
"So far it is looking very promising so I would expect as long as this week goes well I would expect them to be back in contention."
What about Ben Mee?
"We are waiting on the Covid protocols."
Are you just missing that killer instinct?
"It's frustrating, it's the hardest thing to coach, the moment of truth, as a manager we want to get them in the right areas and produce chances, but the moment of truth is someone putting it in the back of the net, and it's the hardest thing to coach.
"But we have players here, I believe, that will do that.
"We had a tough start last season, not just in the league table, but with chances as well, and we weren't creating as much, but we started creating and taking chances, and the whole thing took off again.
"Now, it's not waiting for that to happen, we have to make it happen, and there were clear signs of that, to come to a place like this, we are trying to make it happen."
Are you still positive?
"I don't lack positivity, but that doesn't win you a game alone, you have to keep performing, do all the details, and I think we're not far away.
"I don't think we lack positivity, there's certainly not a lack of energy, noses are all pointing in the right direction - I like that, it's finding the killer moments and delivering on them, that's what we've got to do."