Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton felt his players needed to show more quality in the attacking third but deserved something from the game as the better side in their 1-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor.
A closely-contested encounter was decided by James Tarkowski’s first-half goal in Lancashire, and Hughton spoke of his frustration after his team produced a performance worthy of sealing points in his opinion.
“We were up against a direct Burnley side, so we had to deal with a lot. We knew the physicality of their front two and I think we handled them really well.
“We had good possession but probably just needed to punish them more in the final third. We got into some really good areas and needed to make their goalkeeper work that little bit more.
“Through [Jurgen] Locadia I thought we had the best chance of the game, and on the balance of play I thought we were the better team.”
The Clarets were without a Premier League victory in eight matches before Albion’s visit to Turf Moor, and Hughton commented further on his team’s first defeat since early November.
“It can be quite tense when that happens [Burnley not winning in eight matches], so it’s something that we expected.
“But what you’ve got to be able to do is have good possession to frustrate them. Our performance in some aspects was really good.
“The only work we can be guilty of is our work in the final third and not getting enough quality shots on goal.
“They’re a team that play a certain way and you know that second balls are going to be important. They’re strong when the ball goes into the box and ultimately that’s how they got their goal."