Burnley boss Brian Laws claims there is genuine reason for optimism despite Burnley's disastrous away form this season costing them a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The Clarets have not won away from Turf Moor in the Premier League all season and lost 1-0 at the hands of Championship side Reading on Saturday to an 87th-minute Gylfi Sigurdsson strike.
However, after Chris McCann and Martin Paterson made their returns from long-term injury absences, Laws was content with the performance.
"In the end we are disappointed not to be in the hat, but there were two players out there today who were nowhere near 100 per cent fit - three if you look at Steven (Thompson), who was ill all night," he told the club's official website.
"So the positives I am taking are Chris and Martin, who came back in."
Speaking about Burnley's abject form on the road, Laws was also upbeat, adding: "Losing away from home is nothing new.
"We are close, but not close enough and I am taking a few positives out of that from today's performance.
"We are much stronger unit defensively and Brian Jensen didn't have a great deal of quality saves to make.
"I thought we dealt with Reading really well and although we switched off at the end, there are lessons to be learned. We are close, but we have to just get closer."