Kit Symons believes there are reasons to be positive despite Colchester United losing for the first time under his caretaker charge against Leicester City on Tuesday.
The U's went down 1-0 at home and are still awaiting a first victory at their new Weston Homes Community Stadium home.
"I'm very disappointed with the result but I'm proud of the team," said Symons, who was handed the managerial reins following the decision to sack Geraint Williams last week.
"The players put in a great shift, but I just felt we lacked a bit of belief to win the game.
"But we have something to build on and but for a lick of paint we might have come away with a draw.
"There are things to look at, but if everything was perfect there would be nothing to work on."