Our Dutch midfielder almost opened the scoring twice at the end of the first half, with Petr Cech making a good stop from a close range effort before Ashley Cole blocked the follow up attempt.
Regardless of the missed opportunities - Ade and Gareth also went very close to scoring in the second half - the team battled superbly to earn a point at a ground that has been notoriously difficult for us in the Premier League era.
"We had a few great chances - including me twice - and I was disappointed, but that's life as a football player; sometimes you miss. When the ball was on my left foot it was much easier and I tried to smash it. It's a pity," said Rafa after the match.
"I think we played well today, we kept the ball well, and I think we deserved more than a point.
"But a point gives us confidence for the next few games, especially to have earned it away from home against a big team. We did well."