Gary Caldwell admitted to being ‘really proud’ of his Wigan Athletic side after they overcame the first-half sending-off of Sam Morsy to secure a goalless draw at in-form Millwall.
Latics remain second in League One, four points clear of third-placed Walsall, after extending their unbeaten run to 13 matches.
They were indebted to Jussi Jaaskelainen for another sensational display between the sticks, the 40-year-old pulling off a string of fine stops to keep out the Lions, who also failed the hit the target on a number of other occasions.
“It was a good contest, and I’m really proud of my 10 players and the subs that came on who had to battle and scrap and fight,” said Caldwell.
“They showed that every point is valuable at this point of the season, and it was a magnificent second-half performance.”
It was real backs-to-the-wall stuff after the dismissal of Morsy for two bookings either side of the half-hour mark.
And Caldwell felt his side had to do it tough with little or no assistance from referee Lee Collins.
“It was two clear fouls – I’m not going to sit here and say it was a great decision from Sam, because it wasn’t,” admitted the Wigan boss.
“But to get bookings for both of them was harsh.
“I thought the ref right from the start was very weak.
“When you come to a place like this, you need the referee to be strong.
“The crowd was obviously on his back, the technical area was on his back, and every decision went their way.
“I saw a clear two-footed stamp right in front of the ref, the linesman and the fourth official...and nothing gets done.
“I was disappointed with that, but proud of my players because every single one contributed and gave everything they had for the club.”
Millwall manager Neil Harris was happy with every aspect of the evening - apart from the lack of goals.
“We should have worked the goalkeeper more and, ultimately, scored more goals,” he said.