Steve Bruce was pleased with Hull City's performance in the 2-0 defeat at Manchester City, but was again left to reflect on his team's Achilles heel.
Second-half goals from Alvaro Negredo and Yaya Toure earned the hosts the points, but the Tigers had a great chance to take an early lead.
Sone Aluko scuffed his shot wide after racing clean through before Danny Graham then had a goal disallowed for offside.
Tigers boss Bruce said: "We are going to be rightly disappointed with the scoreline but I am immensely pleased with the way we played and the way we took them on. We couldn't have asked for anything more.
"Our Achilles heel, even last year in the Championship, was can we score enough.
"You can see why we have come out of the Championship with the football we have played, but we need to score.
"We have had a big chance. Sone would have capped a wonderful performance from him if he stuck it away.
"Then the linesman gave an offside, which is right, but it was two inches offside, which I thought these days is supposed to go with the attacker.
"When you realised how close it is, it is a big call. You need that little bit of luck when you come here but it wasn't to be."
Hull have been linked with a move for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who played for Bruce at two of his previous clubs.
Bendtner is understood to be in talks with Crystal Palace and Bruce reiterated his concern about the financial implications of trying to bring the Dane to the KC Stadium.
He added: "I've had him twice before and he did very well at Birmingham and Sunderland, but can we get him to come to us and can we afford him?
"It is difficult for us. He plays for Arsenal and we have just come out of the Championship. We will see."