Sean Dyche cut a frustrated figure as the Clarets went down fighting with a spirited performance in the 1-2 home defeat to Newcastle.
Following a 30-minute delay to kick off due to a medical emergency involving a match delegate, the Magpies stormed to a two-goal lead within 23 minutes.
Sam Vokes reduced the deficit before the break, and despite creating as number of good chances in the second half wore on, Burnley couldn’t quite force the equaliser the manager felt his side deserved.
Dyche said: “First of all, our thoughts go out the individual concerned with the incident before the game.
“It’s paramount that he is well, and we hope for good news on that situation.
“As for the game, I’m frustrated because it was a performance that looked more like us.
“We’ve conceded a lucky goal and a poor one, and that’s something we have tried to eradicate over the past few weeks, after a tough start.
“We’ve given too many of them away this year, and we’re still trying to iron out those details.
“But other than there were a lot of good things and I was pleased with the mentality. It’s not easy when you are two goals down, but we’ve asked questions, opened them up and it’s difficult to play against 4-5-1 when they are two up, but we still asked enough.
“There were some really good performances tonight because the character, energy and belief in the side is still intact, so it’s another frustrating one.”
Ben Mee’s unfortunate own goal, as he went to block a Federico Fernandez shot handed the visitors the lead, and they doubled their advantage when Ciaran Clark headed home midway through the first half.
Vokes’ terrific header threw the hosts a lifeline and several good chances came and went as the Magpies, who also spurned two good second half opportunities, held on for a third successive win.
Dyche, who lost Johann Berg Gudmundsson in the 48 hours leading up to the game through a bug, added: “Last season we won something like 12 games by the odd goal and I said then that the margins are super tight.
“Sometimes the details are not quite there, but I think we are coming back to being us.
“But we know we have to turn performances into results and that means being better in both boxes.
“They are the important areas of the pitch, and we are getting closer to doing them well.
“Tonight, the quality of chances we created was good and that’s got to continue. I never question the forwards for missing a chance; only if they’re not getting in there and tonight the two centre forwards were alive around the box and both played very well.
“We also finished super strong and we aware still creating chances right up to the whistle, and I want the mentality to continue because tonight they have done enough, with that level of performance, to get what we need.”