We were certainly forced to battle from start to finish to secure our point against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday.
Indeed, it was backs to the wall at times. We had a spell where our quality of passing was poor and, therefore, we couldn't keep the ball.
We defended deep, the boys understood what we were trying to do in the first half and we did it very well despite them having two or three clear chances.
We got forward quite well in the first half, but in the second half the tide turned, their full-backs got forward and, at times, it looked like we were going to be overrun.
We weren't, we stayed firm, our goalkeeper did splendidly and everyone dug in. Our quality, however, in terms of passing poor.
The boys appreciate clean sheets and you've heard it all before. But it does mean something to them and can provide a springboard. You've got to hope though, that when you break, you have that bit of inspiration and quality that we didn't have here.
Not many people would have expected a goalless draw and I'm a romantic where football is concerned. I want to see us play clever football, be creative and have players inspire. It wasn't there on this occasion.
You have to have a very good team to defend well and attack very well. We did, as a group, work very hard to defend our goal. There is something in that as an end product and that says we drew away from home.