Norwich City forward Marco Stiepermann reckons Burton Albion made life 'really difficult' for the Canaries during their 0-0 stalemate on Tuesday night.
Stiepermann was part of a frustrated Norwich attack that Burton repelled time after time at Carrow Road, with fellow forwards Josh Murphy and Nelson Oliveira struggling to carve open a Burton defence that had shipped five goals to Leeds United the game before.
They managed just that on the hour mark, though, when Stephen Bywater was forced into action by Murphy following Wes Hoolahan's inch-perfect through-ball.
That was about as good as it got for a Canaries side that had to settle for a point once Burton battened down the hatches towards the end of the second-half in hope of claiming their first away point and clean sheet of the season.
Albion boss Nigel Clough spoke before the match about wanting to frustrate Norwich and turn the Carrow Road crowd on their players, and he did just that - to great effect, too.
And it's not like Burton didn't have opportunities themselves either, with Jamie Allen denied a first goal in a Brewers shirt by the face of Norwich captain Ivo Pinto, and Joe Mason foiled by City 'keeper Joe Mason.
But even though Albion had chances, Stiepermann - a summer signing from German side VFL Bochum - reckons that his side should be disappointed with a goalless draw at home against a side many have tipped for relegation for a second season.
"For sure it was a little bit disappointing to get a 0-0 draw against such a team," Stiepermann said post-match.
"I think we were good in possession and we had two chances where 100% we had to score.
"We had two big chances and for sure Burton, after they lost 5-0 in their last game, we knew they would defend very well after such a game.
“We knew it would be very difficult for us but the chances were there and we had to score them and then it would have been a good game and result.
"Burton fight for everything and it’s really difficult to play against such a team."