As a single point goes, last weekend’s well-earned effort against Man City could go down as the most important this season.
While it extended City’s winless run to ten league matches, it gives Alex Neil’s side a platform to build on ahead of a season-defining run of fixtures.
Sure, it wasn’t pretty on the eye, filled with a lot of quality and City spent the entirety of the second half on the back foot but what it did show was determination, resilience and most importantly, belief.
The chorus of ‘yellows’ that greeted the final whistle told its own story and that spirit and togetherness is going to be vital.
Much of the pre-match talk was about who Neil would select up top and I was impressed with young Patrick Bamford.
Facing a possession-hungry Man City, good hold up play is key and in the first half particularly, he was stronger and tougher than his slender physique would suggest.
Understandably after a lack of football this season, he faded in the second but he would be very unfortunate not to start at West Brom tomorrow.
We’ve got to the stage of the season now when you look at the teams around you and with Newcastle hosting Sunderland on Sunday, the trip to the Hawthorns represents a huge chance to lay down a marker.
Losing Nathan Redmond to injury is a blow, especially as he was starting to rediscover his form and it will be interesting to see how Neil goes about replacing him.
I’m reluctant to see Jonny Howson moved out wide and with Steven Naismith struggling with fitness, I’d favour City pushing Ivo Pinto further forward on the right hand side.
One thing for sure is that City simply cannot afford another away-day no show. After more promise, it’s time to deliver.