"It was always going to be a hard-fought game in difficult conditions but if we'd taken our first half chances it could have been a different match," said Sampson.
"We were the most dominant of the two teams and we had three clear-cut chances in the first half but didn't take any of them. Once we went down to ten men I had to take a striker off but I wanted a clean sheet before the game, I've got that, but I also wanted a win.
"It's a slow process and I'm trying to bring new players in. But I don't want to bring in too many loan players so it will mean having to wait until January."