Sean Dyche felt that his Burnley side had their “pockets picked” in the 1-0 home defeat to Liverpool.
Despite dominating the game, the Clarets fell to Raheem Sterling’s 62nd minute strike against the run of play.
And boss Dyche, who described his side’s opening 45 minutes as the best under his management, was left to rue what might have been.
He said; “We were excellent today, particularly in the first half and on every level.
“I felt we were good over the 90 minutes if I’m honest. We looked a real force and to keep that dominance up for 90 minutes is hard.
“Today, I just feel they’ve picked our pockets; it’s as simple as that. We’ll have to do that ourselves – and we have done it - but today is the one that got away, especially after that performance.
“I would say that first half is up there as the best we’ve played in my time here, certainly when you consider the quality of the opposition.
“A lot has been made of Liverpool Football Club, but when you look at that team-sheet they have got some players signed for multi-millions of pounds, so to but have them on the back foo and play in the manner we did shows great signs.
“I thought we did that against Southampton - and we were better today – and again at Tottenham.
“There has to be that reality, which is that we haven’t got any points. The margins are small and especially so at this level where games are tight and it was a poor goal from our point of view.
“But equally there has to be a future in the performances and there is a definite growth in the players and how they operate and I think we all saw that again today.”
The real positive for the Clarets was the return of Sam Vokes, who made his first appearance since March as a late substitute and received a rapturous welcome back form the Turf Moor crowd.
Dyche added: “It’s another step for Sam, coming back into the squad.
“There is a different feel to playing on those games, than playing in reserve games. The adrenaline is flying and body feels different, so this is all part of the journey back.
“He’s not there yet but it was great to have him back wearing a Burnley shirt and we’re all pleased for him.”