Coach Marco Kurz feels Adelaide United can justifiably take consolation from their 2-0 defeat to defending champions Melbourne Victory.
The Reds went looking to make it three straight wins when they travelled to Marvel Stadium and, although they came away empty-handed, Kurz was encouraged by the number of good chances they created.
Kevin Muscat's side had shown more ruthlessness in front of goal, said the United coach, and that was the difference between the two teams.
Kosta Barbarouses netted from a rebound to give the home side the lead just past the hour mark and Ola Toivonen's second goal with nine minutes to go secured the points for Victory.
Adelaide could and should have been ahead before Barbarouses struck, Kurz believes. Their performance against a team that had won their previous four games and had home advantage left him pleased.
"I'm very proud about the performance because I think we played a very good game," said the coach. "The only mistake was that we didn't score a goal; I think we played well and the difference today was the quality from the offensive lines.
"If you want to win games you must score goals and I think we had more than four or five big chances and then you've to score a goal if you want to pick up the points away."
It was only Adelaide's second loss in the opening seven rounds and he is confident they can bounce back when they host Melbourne City this weekend.
"I think we played well and we can play flexible," added Kurz. We can change the system a lot of the time and find always a good solution; the boys are hungry for success."
Adelaide are 10/1 to win the Grand Final and 5/4 to win their next game against Melbourne City, who are 2/1 with the draw 5/2.