Greg Docherty felt his side fashioned “more than enough” opportunities to come away from Blackpool with a positive result.
Gary Madine’s emphatic first-half penalty, after Jacob Greaves was adjudged to have fouled Josh Bowler, meant the Tigers started the new year with a 1-0 defeat at Bloomfield Road.
However, the Tangerines were indebted to goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw for a string of impressive saves, most notably from George Honeyman, Tyler Smith and Randell Williams.
The Tigers registered 14 attempts in total – to Blackpool’s eight – and Docherty felt at least one of those efforts should have been taken.
“We created more than enough,” said Docherty.
“I wouldn’t say we played our best by a mile, however, we created more than enough – three or four really good chances.
“First half, I felt we started strong, good possession. You could see with both teams, it was a difficult afternoon to get the ball down and get into a rhythm.
“We created some real clear chances in the first half. We came in 1-0 down but we were still positive, thinking ‘what can we do better here going into the second half?’.
“But second half, they’ve got something to defend and it’s extremely tough in this league when you give teams a leg up to go and try and catch them and turn it around.
“Again, we created more than enough. We kept plugging away to the end and really, we couldn’t have asked for better opportunities than what we had.
“It’s a real kick in the teeth, in front of a great following which is frustrating as well, but I’m proud of the endeavour to keep going from the boys.
“We continued to keep on pushing and you’ve got to keep believing that if you keep creating opportunities like that, they’re going to hit the back of the net eventually.”