Graham Potter felt his Swansea City side had not been able to produce enough in the final third as they played out a 1-1 draw at Preston.
The Swans maintained their unbeaten start to 2019 at Deepdale but were left frustrated having taken the lead through an excellent team move, finished off by Courtney Baker-Richardson.
They were pegged back on the hour mark after Connor Roberts was adjudged to have handled a Jayden Stockley cross.
The spot-kick was awarded by the assistant referee and several Swans players made their disagreement with the decision known, with Daniel Johnson converting from the spot.
Potter felt a draw was not a bad result, and admitted his side had not quite had the cutting edge required to take all three points back to South Wales.
"It’s a hard place to come, they make it difficult for you and it can be a scrappy game. I think you could see what we were trying to do, we scored a very good goal and we started the second half really well," said the Swans boss.
"We had good control and then when you concede a goal like we did it changes the complexion of the game. So overall it is what it is.
"I said before you need to survive key moments and be a bit more clinical. We gave the ball away too easy in the final third and I don’t think we did enough in the final third to score more than one goal.
"But I felt we did a lot well in a tough place against a tough team.
"We need to keep improving, there are some good things but clearly there are thing we can improve.
"But, like any game in the Championship, some moments happen and you need to survive them or get a bit of luck and, maybe today, we have not had much luck, but you have to take what you get."