Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier was pleased with his team's performance in a goalless draw with Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Both sides struck the woodwork at Villa Park, with Houllier content with a solid display against the reigning champions.
He told his club's official website: "There was only one thing missing in that game - goals. It was a good game of football with great pace and two good teams.
"Maybe we had better chances in the first half, but they pushed and we were a bit under the cosh in the second half.
"I would say it was a nice game to watch, but also full of emotion because they hit the post, we hit the post and we had chances at the beginning and chances at the end.
"I think at the end some of the players you could see were lacking a bit of match fitness. But it is getting better. I think we are getting nearer the 90 minutes - it will take time but we will get there.
"You see the physical level of Chelsea - we had to compete with that. It is only the second time in eight games they have lost points."