Nottingham Forest boss Gary Brazil admitted Omar Bogle was the only Wigan Athletic player to threaten his side in the 0-0 draw at the DW Stadium.
Bogle always looked the man most likely during his 84 minutes on the pitch, but even he wasn’t able to break through a determined Forest rearguard as a dour game ended goalless.
“I thought we handled them well,” acknowledged Brazil. “Only Bogle got into the game.
“It wasn’t a game for the purist. There was a lot of duels and fighting and a lack of quality with both teams in the attacking third.
“The biggest thing I take away from it is the clean sheet, and I take a positive from the fact a team fighting for their lives has made it tough to get a result and we were resilient.
“I don’t recall our goalkeeper having to make a save, and I thought the back four and goalkeeper were really good.
“We just needed that little bit of extra quality to turn that into a goal.
“I can’t complain at the application of the players, we just needed a little bit more quality at the top to turn a hard-working performance into a win.
“The clean sheet and the point isn’t bad as it isn’t an easy place to come.
“It just needed a bit of quality. When you don’t have that and don’t show that little bit more on the ball, the one thing you do is make sure you don’t lose and we did that.
“We showed a resilience and we were hard to break through.
“It was a hard-fought point, we kept a clean sheet. It wasn’t a fantastic performance but we were gritty and got through the game.”
Forest remain six points above Latics with 12 fixtures remaining, although Brazil is not focused on any points target for safety at this stage.
“I don’t think about how many points we need,” he added.
“I think there’s 12 games to go and we’ll take as many points as we can out of those games.
“I think there will be an ability for us to get stronger as we go through the season.
“It’s not something I’m considering or thinking about.
“We will get fitter, stronger, work harder and the points will come for us.”