Paul Lambert was disappointed to see his side lose 4-1 at Man Utd - but he saw plenty of positives in the performance.
Lambert said the result was "pretty harsh" on his team, who took the lead and had plenty of other opportunities to score.
He bemoaned the missed chances in the second half but was upbeat about the effort, application and threat of his side as they now had into the remaining seven games of the season.
He said: "I didn't think there was much in that. The scoreline was pretty harsh on us.
"We started the game great, looked really good, had plenty of the ball and looked very threatening.
"Then Westy scores a terrific free-kick.
"We lost a poor goal with the header but Wayne Rooney can do that.
"The second goal was a penalty - a clear penalty.
"Then we came out in the second half and Christian has a really good chance.
"I won't be critical of him, though, because he's scored vital goals for us.
"But overall, we were definitely a handful.
"I always felt we could get something out of the game.
"I haven't seen a re-run of the penalty appeal in the second half yet but people are telling me they have seen those given. I'd have to see it again.
"But when you come to places like this, you have to take your chances when you get them.
"I thought the scoreline was pretty harsh on us. We had chances to pull it back.
"You're obviously disappointed about being beaten 4-1 but there's a lot to take out of the game."
Lambert refused to set a points target for the remaining games but is positive about the team's position going into the final few matches.
He added: "You keep going for the team above you.
"We're in a decent position but we need to get another couple of wins or so.
"I don't set a points target because if you do and you don't hit it, it becomes disappointing."
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