Chris Powell had “mixed emotions” as his Huddersfield Town side climbed to 14th in the Championship with a stalemate against Sheffield Wednesday.
It’s now six home games without defeat – but the boss felt this was a game his side could have won.
“We had lost our last two (away to Derby County and Fulham), and they have been on a run where they haven’t picked up any wins (it’s now 10 in the league and 11 in all competitions),” said Powell.
“That perhaps explained a bit of caginess in the first half, but in the second there was a bit more to it.
“We had one or two really good chances, equally so did they, and Joe Murphy made a great save (from Royston Drenthe).
“It’s another clean sheet, which is good after conceding six goals in the last two games.
“And it’s a point in the right direction, but you want to win these kind of games, especially at home.”
While keeper Murphy made his league debut, West Ham United loan midfielder Diego Poyet was handed a first outing in place of Jonathan Hogg.
Powell started with a 4-3-3 formation, only switching to 4-4-2 when he brought on Nahki Wells and Danny Ward for Harry Bunn and Conor Coady after 66 minutes.
“The front three have been excellent of late,” he explained.
“They did a bit of a job on Bunny, while Sean Scannell had a terrific battle with Jeremy Helan. which was 50:50 really.
“I was looking at those guys, together with Coady and Butterfield, to break forward with Diego Poyet behind.
“He had a decent debut. He used the ball well, and didn’t give much away.
“Tommy and Paul Dixon both got forward, which I wanted.
“I always thought we would introduce Nahki as it went on.
“He had two or three good opportunities and one outstanding one which Keiren Westwood saved.”
Powell said he felt for Murphy after three clashes with striker Steve May.
“I felt a couple of those collisions shouldn’t have happened,” he added.
“Maybe it was a ploy to put Joe off, but he’s made of stronger stuff.”