Dundee manager Paul Hartley was philosophical after the 2-0 defeat against Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday.
The Dark Blues put in a good performance at a difficult venue but couldn’t find the goals to win the game — even after hitting the woodwork four times during the 90 minutes against Hearts.
“To perform the way they did on Saturday shows there is a lot of hope for the future,” said Paul.
“I work with a wonderful bunch of players and I see in training that they want to listen and learn.
“They work hard and that’s all you can ask of them.
“I believe in the group and I thought they were terrific on Saturday.”
Hearts won 2-0 but it could have been very different when the teams were level just after half-time.
Kostadin Gadzhalov missed from six yards out with a free header from a Tom Hateley corner — the Englishman himself hit the woodwork twice either side of the break.
If Yordi Teijsse, who had also hit the post, had shown more composure a couple of minutes later he might have tested the Hearts goalkeeper but instead screwed his shot wide.
Paul bemoaned the chances that were passed up.
He added: “We were playing against a strong team and we’ve hit the woodwork four times.
“We had good chances in the game and need to be more clinical in front of goal.
“We just have to take our chances.”
The strikeforce have had few chances in the past few weeks but this time round it was different which pleased the manager.
He added: “It’s an area of the pitch where we have struggled a bit to create chances but on Saturday we couldn’t have done any more other than put the ball in the net.
“It’s a real fine line, Hearts get a free-kick , they put in a good delivery and score from it.
“We had good situations which we should have scored from.”
After Saturday’s result, Dundee are sitting at the bottom of the league but boss Paul remains upbeat about his team and the way they are playing, saying: “We don’t want to be where we are just now but if the boys keep performing like that, then things will turn around.”
Meanwhile, the club are awaiting results of a scan on Darren O’Dea’s foot.
The injury forced the Irishman to miss out at Tynecastle.