Sean Dyche thinks Burnley are unfortunate to only have 34 points in the Premier League table at the turn of the year following their 2-1 loss to Liverpool.
The Reds went ahead through Sadio Mane in the 61st-minute before the Clarets struck back through Johann Gudmundsson with only three minutes remaining.
However, there was still time for Ragnar Klavan to head in a winner for Liverpool and, despite defeat, Dyche reflected on a good start to the season.
“We grew into the game, the second half was an even affair,” said Dyche.
“On and off the pitch we have moved forward in a calendar year. We are becoming assured of ourselves in this division.
“We are playing a more mixed game now, last year we got it forwards more often but we are calmer now. We are resolute defensively, we have added to what we had. The quality has risen.
“To be on 34 points and be unfortunate to not have 35 shows what a season we have had.”