Grant Hanley was pleased he and his teammates dug in and rolled their sleeves up, despite being held to a goalless draw at Burton Albion.
It was a game of few chances at the Pirelli Stadium but, from a defensive perspective, Hanley was pleased with City’s solidity.
Speaking post-match, Hanley said: “It was a typical Championship game. I don’t think the conditions helped that today. If you came to see a good game of football with both teams passing, I don’t think you were ever going to get it.
“It was tough. We knew it would be before we came here. When we got here and saw the conditions, we knew it was going to be a difficult day.
“We struggled to get going a bit in the first-half. But credit to the lads, they dug in. These games are tough because especially if the home side get some momentum in the game and get into your half and create chance, it can be difficult.
“We were very solid and considering the conditions and everything, I don’t think it was a bad result. It’s a positive for us because we certainly worked hard.”
Boss Daniel Farke made six changes to his starting eleven with the packed Christmas schedule leaving many players needing a rest, but Hanley believes that did not affect the team’s performance.
“The lads train together every day. We’re not strangers. We know how everybody plays. I just think it was one of those games.
“When you come to places like this, you know how they’re going to try and make it for you. We said in the dressing room before the game: ‘Let’s not get sucked into their style.’
“They tried getting it down the channels and win second balls but that’s not like us. We like to pass it.
“You say it in the dressing room but it doesn’t always go that way. It was difficult to create chances but football is like that sometimes.”