Scott Arfield drilled home on 67 minutes to hand Burnley all three points. Leeds pushed for an equaliser but one wasn't forthcoming and they slipped to a sixth game without a win.
McDermott said: "It was an improvement but we are desperately disappointed not to have won the game never mind drawn it.
"First half I felt we were the better side and we played how you have to play in this league.
"Unfortunately we gave a couple of goals away which is disappointing but having said that we were much better than we have been in the last two games.
"We got behind them and put them under a lot of pressure. We got to the second balls but from my point of view we didn't get a result and that is the be all or end all.
"Sean Dyche has done an unbelievably good job here as he did at Watford where he was unlucky to lose his job.
"I am pleased for him and you can see the camaraderie that they have here. You have to have that camaraderie and togetherness to be top of the league and that is what we are trying to get."
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