STEVE Lomas described Millwall's performance in their 1-0 loss to Huddersfield Town as their "best of the season" so far.
The Lions suffered their third straight Championship defeat after James Vaughan headed in from a second-half corner to hand the Terriers a slender win.
And whilst Lomas was clearly frustrated by the result, he saw plenty of positives.
He said: "I thought that was the best we've played this season, we had a good week's training and the lads tried to implement what we had practiced.
"We started on the front foot and had Huddersfield camped in. We had about eight decent chances and you've got to convert one of them. To concede another sloppy goal from a set play is bitterly disappointing.
"Whenever you don't get that first goal it puts you on the back foot.
"I am bitterly disappointed for the fans who turned up, supported the team right the way through but didn't have anything to cheer about. I'd be even more worried if we weren't creating chances – at least we're getting in there and making things happen.
"If you look at the stats, we were the better team, it is as simple as that. But stats don't win you games and you have got to take opportunities when they come along. We were in some really good situations today and that's what is disappointing.
"If we put in the same performance levels that we did today, then we'll be okay. Over the course of the three games we have probably had 16 or 17 chances, so you've got to get your conversion ratio better than none in 16.
"The lads tried everything to get a win and we attacked at every opportunity."
The corner that led to Vaughan's goal came as a result of a mix-up between Shane Lowry and Stephen Bywater – although Lomas did not think that the goalkeeper should have claimed Hammill's delivery.
"It was a flat ball," Lomas said. "If he doesn't come and get it you have still got to defend. I don't blame Stevie – it wasn't a hanging ball.
"It was a sloppy backpass [from Lowry] but, after that, you cannot have a free header from five yards inside your box. You've got to do your jobs and we didn't do that."
Lomas decision to withdraw Jermaine Easter midway through the second half drew a furious reaction from the home crowd but the Millwall boss stood by his substitution.
"I wanted to get another attacker on and some fresh legs," he said. "I thought Jermaine did very well and worked ever so hard doing a dual role of attacking and stopping their deep-lying midfielder. I wanted to get Scott McDonald on to try and get a goal."