Hull City may have capitalised on Jackson Irvine's red card to beat Burton Albion 4-1 on Saturday, but Jake Buxton is more focused on his own side's performance improving.
Irvine's sublime 18-yard strike had the Brewers level just past the half-hour at the KCOM Stadium - and Albion looked well placed to push on for a positive result.
But Irvine was sent off for a second bookable offence only five minutes later and, while Nigel Clough's men held on to half-time, they were overawed after the break, Abel Hernandez completing a hat-trick and Kamil Grosicki heading home as the Tigers clinched an emphatic win.
Some fine close-range saves from Stephen Bywater late on ensured things did not get worse for the 10-man Brewers, with Buxton - who started as part of a three-man central defence and was then in the middle of a back four as Albion changed shape following the red card - called upon regularly to hold back repeated waves of Tigers pressure.
But while the ex-Derby County man is quick to acknowledge the quality he and his teammates were up against on the second weekend of the season, he also feels there is room for improvement for Burton .
"You are playing an ex-Premier League side who have a lot of good players on the pitch," said Buxton.
"They carried the ball well and we tried to soak up the pressure. But, as you saw, it was wave after wave after wave, and they moved the ball well.
"They have some good players - but we are more disappointed in our performance really.
"The first half, it should've gone our way. We had them on the ropes at times, and maybe we should've got our nose in front.
"Maybe if it hadn't been for the sending off, we might've been a bit more comfortable.
"We changed the formation three or four times within the game because of that, personnel had to play out of position.
"It is how it is. We dust ourselves down - it's a long season, we know where we're at, we know what we are up against and we go again against Middlesbrough on Tuesday."
As often happens in the earliest stages of the campaign, the weekend saw a glut of scoring across the leagues.
There were 25 goals in the Premier League games ahead of Sunday, while no fewer than 30 hit the net in the Championship on Saturday - including the five at the KCOM.
Buxton believes Albion may have been able to benefit from that openness if they had nudged themselves in front.
"It was very lively - as you saw on Friday with the Arsenal-Leicester City game (which Arsenal won 4-3) and the early kick-off between Watford and Liverpool (a 3-3 draw)," added Buxton.
"It's end-to-end stuff, it's the early part of the season and people are making mistakes.
"But we were on top at that point (in the first half). If we could've got our noses in front, it might've been different.
"We didn't and it wasn't to be.
"The second-half performance needs to be better, but I'm sure that we'll get better as the season goes along and with a few more additions to help the lads who were out on the pitch."