Howe accepted his side were outplayed.
"It was a difficult day," he said. "Our plan wasn't to sit as deep as we did first half but we ended up getting trapped with nowhere to go.
"Fair play to them. They were better than us today. But I don't really look at the result, I look at the performance and overall I was disappointed. I feel we can do better than that.
"Yes, I give them a lot of credit for the way they played but I felt we could have done better without the ball and definitely better with the ball. We had our moments but didn't make the most of those opportunities and overall I leave here frustrated with the team."