Sean Dyche rued early errors and described the home defeat to Reading as “the game that got away”.
The Clarets saw their unbeaten home record blown apart after conceding twice in the opening nine minutes to a resilient Royals’ outfit.
And despite Tendayi Darikwa’s second half strike – his first for the club – offering hope, the Clarets five-game unbeaten run came to an end on a frustrating afternoon.
Boss Dyche said: “It was a strange kind of game. It was a fast start from them, getting a goal from a mistake by ourselves and then a good second goal, to give them credit.
“After that we have dominated large part of the game and I wasn’t overly disappointed with the performance.
“There were some signs and we created enough chances to get something out of the game.
“We had good passages of play in the end, we’ve played worse than that and got results.”
Dyche, who handed a second half debut to Joey Barton, added: “You don’t want to over-question things sometimes because in the second half the substitutes affected the game and Scott Arfield puts over a cross and you have your right back scoring on the back post.
“You want your team to be progressive in scoring goals and they certainly are when your right back is marauding downfield to score
“But basic errors early in the game affected the outcome. You give yourself a mountain to climb when you are two goals down that early in a game and that’s very unusual for us.
“After that, you want a response. You want a team that does everything to try and get a result and that’s certainly what you saw, I’m 100% sure of that.
“I don’t go away overly disappointed. I am with the outcome, of course, but performance-wise there were more strong signs about what we are trying to be as a group and what we want to achieve.”
Dyche, who added that he expected striker Andre Gray to be fit to return at Rotherham on Friday, added: “Let’s not forget Reading are on a good run as well.
“They have pace and energy and stayed resilient and played on the counter after going two goals up. It’s another challenge and that’s the Championship.
“There are no guarantees, and you have to be ready every week.
“I thought we were, but this is probably the one that got away.”