Grant McCann was pleased with a point and the defensive efforts of his team as Hull City played out a goalless draw with Swansea City.
In a game of few chances, the Welsh club went closest to finding a winner when Matt Ingram superbly turned Matt Grimes’ free-kick onto the post.
Ingram also thwarted Kyle Naughton and Joel Piroe, while Ryan Longman almost nicked victory in stoppage time when his curler was parried by Ben Hamer.
“I thought we defended well,” said McCann. “We limited them to shots from range and Matty was excellent.
“We knew they’ve got a way of playing. We saw that at MK Dons last year; it’s a style Russell (Martin) has brought to Swansea – very possession based.
“You’ve got to be patient, you’ve got to be calm in your shape and you’ve got to be clinical at the other end.
“I thought in the second half we were much better than we were in the first. We limited them to very little. The shape of the team was excellent. The distances in the units were great.
“We can take a lot of positives out of this, particularly defensively. Clean sheets were a foundation for us last season to win the league.
“We feel that’s a good point away from home. Any point away from home in the Championship is good, regardless of who you play. We’ll take the point and move on.”
McCann welcomed back three attack-minded players in Mallik Wilks, Josh Magennis and George Moncur for the trip to South Wales.
And the boss is confident the goals will come when everyone gets back up to full fitness.
McCann explained: “Mallik has been out for six weeks. Josh Magennis has missed the last couple of weeks. George Moncur has missed the last three games.
“Tyler Smith’s only just come into the building. Ryan Longman’s had Covid and some injuries.
“Once these boys get more games and more sharpness into them, we’re going to be more clinical. We know we’ve got goals in the team when people are fully fit and firing.”