Birmingham manager Alex McLeish insisted there were plenty of positives to take from his side`s opening day defeat to champions Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney`s first-half goal gave United the three points, but McLeish, whose side are back in the Premier League after a year`s absence, was pleased with their efforts.
He said: "On another day we may have taken something from the game. I know United had a couple of chances and Sir Alex will be talking about the ones they missed.
"But it is the most we have created here, certainly from my experiences here. I was disappointed we didn't quite nail one of the chances.
"We worked hard and the organisation of the team was great and they applied themselves brilliantly within the system.
"They showed they are a team that never gives up."