Jamie Redknapp agreed there were positives to be taken out of the draw with Norwich on Sunday - not least remaining unbeaten.
The chance to go third was missed for the time being as a resolute Norwich stood firm in the face of considerable pressure, particularly in the first half, while the skipper takes heart from the manner of the performance. Many a time in recent seasons when we have struggled to break the deadlock the team have fallen victim to a swift counter-attack and left empty handed but not this time, despite the best efforts of Darren Huckerby.
"I think we have to take some positives out of the chances we made and, on another day, we would have won comfortably," reasoned Jamie. "There is also a little nag at the back of your mind that says in the last 15 minutes we could have lost the game.
"We maintain our unbeaten record, which is also positive, and at times we played some decent football. I don't think anyone would doubt that and we had good chances, Jermain had two or three, Fredi and I thought I was a little bit unlucky not to score."
The was a controlled tempo to the pressure during the game as the team asserted authority, rather than a gung-ho approach that can prove costly. Jamie feels this style of play is neccessary against teams adopting a safety-first mentality.
"I think we are playing well, we are passing it, keeping the ball and I think that is what you have to do at home," he added. "They showed us a bit of respect in the fact they packed the midfield and made it difficult for us to play.
"On the whole we deserved to win and it is just unfortunate we didn't get the three points we wanted."