Sean Dyche insisted his side lacked a cutting edge after they exited the Capital One Cup at the first hurdle.
A late Sheffield Wednesday penalty ended Burnley’s interest in the competition after Dyche made seven changes to the side that started the opening two Premier League games.
And after declaring himself happy with the overall performance, the gaffer felt only a killer touch was lacking from his side’s display.
He said: “It was a nearly performance. There was a lot of good play and a lot of possession, with some good forward thinking play.
“We just didn’t quite have that edge to it that we have when we are free-flowing.
“We made changes because we have to make sure players are fully fit and we wanted to use this game for that.
“But I make it quite clear I desire winning, so I am not happy with the result. I’m just not madly concerned with the performance because there were a lot of good things.
“I’ve seen the stats and we controlled the game. We dealt with their 4-5-1 and all the long ammo that they throw at it. It was just one of those marginal games and a nearly night for us.
“I’d also say I don’t know how we haven’t had a penalty tonight. It’s impossible to not mention it because there were four incidents. I’ve seen all four again and three of them are penalties.”
Dyche revealed that midfield duo David Jones and Dean Marney were both withdrawn with knocks.
And with six days of the transfer window remaining, he insisted he was still looking to add to his numbers in an inflated market.
Dyche said: “The only concern I have is the reality of the market, which is at an all-time high.
“As a club we have certain financial guidelines that we have to work to and it’s difficult to work within, just by going into the Premier League.
You have seen the spending power of others and it’s challenging. It’s as simple as that.
“We’ve been in for a few, but there is not just us in for them.
“Equally, we’ve been in for some and people bigger than us throw way more money at it. There is only a small pool of players in our market and it is a tough one, there’s no two ways about it.
“It’s just the reality of being Burnley Football Club and going into this new world.
“Weirdly, it’s more difficult to sign players than last year because the market has changed radically. If you look at Charlie Austin’s price last year and what he would be worth now, it’s a massively different market within one year and I think that’s taken most by surprise.
“We are Premier League now and if you go in for any player, trust me, the value goes up radically than it was just a few months ago when we were in the Championship.”