Grant McCann felt his side stuck to their gameplan well in the 1-1 draw at Portsmouth in Sky Bet League One.
Omar Bogle’s leveller cancelled out Mallik Wilks’ first-half opener to secure a share of the spoils at Fratton Park.
McCann said: “I thought it was a good game, it’s always tough coming to Fratton Park so we knew we had to stick to our game-plan.
“Mallik took his goal well and it was the type of move we worked on all week, we deserved to go in at half-time in front.
“We knew they would come at us in the second-half, but even after we conceded we kept on plugging away and giving everything.”
McCann brought Wilks and Tyler Smith in to his front three ahead of the game, and says their pace caused Portsmouth problems.
He added: “We wanted to be positive and add a bit of pace to the team, and I think that worked to a certain degree because we always looked a threat.
“The pitch was slightly heavy but it was the same for both teams so I have no complaints about that, we’ve managed to force a couple of great saves from their keeper as we looked to try and win it.”