Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he has seen encouraging signs of improvement in his side, despite overseeing the club's fourth consecutive league defeat away from home against Tottenham on Saturday.
Despite a resolute performance at Wembley from the Cherries, Tottenham's Christian Eriksen hit the back of the net only moments after half-time and fired the home side to victory - leaving Bournemouth with just one league win so far this season.
However, despite the league table offering little in the way of positive results, Howe believes there is plenty to be encouraged about from a performance point of view.
Following the clash at Wembley, Howe told Sky Sports: "We're encouraged by our performances of late.
"At the start of the season we were concerned that we weren't performing and getting beaten which is the worst scenario. Suddenly performances are picking up and if we continue to play like that I'm sure we'll be fine.
The Cherries were arguably on the unlucky end of the result against Tottenham as their disciplined defensive display was worthy of at least a point, but Howe feels their lack of luck comes from the inability to convert their goal-scoring opportunities.
He added: "The lads delivered the game plan very well and we had two very clear chances. One is a great save from [Hugo] Lloris and that's how it is going for us unfortunately.
"Even towards the end of the game we decided to throw caution to the wind and we had a couple clear-cut chances."