Craig Brown was heartened by his young Aberdeen side's display despite the 1-0 defeat at home by Hibernian.
"It was a bit unfortunate, but that's been the story of recent games," said the Dons boss.
"We've had a lot of the ball and a lot of possession but we've not taken our chances.
"The positive from that is, though, that both sides had half a team of under-21 players in their starting line-ups."
The defeat is the Dons' third in-a-row, but Brown - who's side will finish in the SPL bottom six - was eager to find positives.
"Both teams started with five under-21s. We had another five on the bench and Hibs had another one. I thought it was very good to see," he said.
"We created a number of chances, and hit the woodwork three times. It was the old story," he said.
"One of our lads made a mistake to lose possession and we lost a goal because of it. We made a couple of mistakes and were punished.
"Hibs made a couple of mistakes and weren't.
"Chris Maguire's hit the post twice and we've hit the bar as well. If we weren't creating these chances I'd be concerned.
"I'm not happy we lost the game, but every statistic is favouring Aberdeen except the result.
"We've got to encourage the lads to continue, and the breaks will come."