Boss Mike Cudmore reckons he will have positive selection issues to resolve for next Sunday's home game against London Scottish in spite of his team's latest defeat.
Although Ealing Trailfinders were ultimately well beaten at Championship leaders London Welsh, the fact his team restricted the hosts to four tries gave him further encouragement about his side's progress.
“The boys are quite buoyant and I think the positive thing for me as a coach is that we've got major selection problems for next week and that's credit to the guys who went out there today,” said Ealing's director of rugby, whose side have now lost all eight league fixtures.
“It's night and day compared to where we were at the start of the season and we're still progressing.
“We've come up against a fantastic side and I can't be shocked if they go back up into the Premiership, but we've come here and competed and at times I thought we actually played quite well.
"There's things that we need to improve on and we're going to keep striving to do that.
"I think Sean O'Connell coming in at no8 made a big difference to us today and Ed Siggery played very well too, and I thought the physicality was good."
Cudmore continued: “We knew there weren't many weaknesses in their side. We knew we had to come here and defend very well, but also more importantly, when we had the ball, we had to look after it and convert our opportunities.
“I thought for the first 25 minutes, the game plan was working well, then we put in some poor kicks and a lapse at the back of a line-out and all of a sudden it was 21-0.
“The lads were all pretty down at half time. They were a bit deflated, having gone out there and given their all. But I told them it was our fault.”