Brian Cody maintained there were positives be be taken from Kilkenny's defeat to Galway in the Allianz Hurling League on Sunday.
The Cats were beaten 3-11 to 0-17 at Pearse Stadium after a flurry of first-half goals from the Tribesmen left them with a mountain to climb.
Despite a spirited showing, they failed to claw back the deficit and the Kilkenny manager said their attitude was something he could take from the match.
Cody told RTÉ Sport: “It was a very competitive game from start to finish. Obviously the difference was they got three goals and we didn't get any goals.
“That was a huge lift for them I suppose but we kept at it. We kept plugging away and pulled it back with points and that.
“At the end we were still fighting to get that equaliser. Overall we’re happy with the attitude and the general run of the game but disappointed obviously not to win and to concede three goals.
“The lads themselves will be disappointed to concede three goals – that happens and at this time of the year things like that can happen when you haven’t much hurling done.
“We haven't much done so we’ll be hoping we can tighten up on that,” he added.