Aberdeen manager Craig Brown felt his side deserved more from their 3-0 away defeat by Hearts, but conceded that the Edinburgh club were the better side.
"In spite of the scoreline, I think it's a distortion," said Brown. "Because I don't think Hearts missed a chance and we must have missed five.
"I'm looking at the game and maybe Hearts missed one chance.
"We're desperately disappointed - but the score doesn't lie and Hearts won the game - so all credit to them."
The defeat means Aberdeen remain joint bottom of the Scottish Premier League with only one point while Hearts ended a run of two straight defeats with their first league victory of the campaign.
Arvydas Novikovas fired the home side ahead before John Sutton converted the second and third.
Brown admits his side need to start scoring goals, but he was pleased to see chances being created and believes the club will find a winning formula.
"We hit the bar and had a good chance before they scored," said Brown. "Even after that, we had one or two.
"We thought we would manage to do a lot better in terms of the scoreline.
"We're taking an extra touch when we should be putting shots on goal.
"I wasn't too displeased with the chances we were creating - but you can see we're failing to score, and that's a critical situation.
"I didn't think we could continue in that vein. It looks as though we'll need to do something about the finishing.
"But I have got faith in the guys we've got and I don't think it's a misplaced faith.
"Darren Mackie's scored something like 55 goals for Aberdeen over the years - but we just didn't get the breaks and I'm desperately disappointed for the fans that came from Aberdeen - they deserve better in terms of the result that we got."