Simon Grayson has called on his Preston North End players to have more belief about themselves in the wake of their goalless draw with Cardiff City.
Defences were on top in the Deepdale clash, although both teams had chances to win the game.
North End skipper Tom Clarke hit the bar with a header, while Bluebirds midfielder Peter Whittingham forced a fine save from PNE keeper Jordan Pickford.
Looking back over the game, Lilywhites manager Grayson said: “There was nothing in the first half really.
“I’ve told the players that they just need to have a bit more belief in themselves.
“They can express themselves more, take a little bit more care in the final third, take the better option.
“The things which this group have are spirit, desire, hunger and a great work rate.
“Sometimes they are lacking in a bit of quality at this level but they will put their bodies on the line and battle.
“At the end, the game could have gone either way but we were pleased with the clean sheet and we got a point.
“Hopefully we can keep building on that because this is a tough division.”
The draw lifted North End of the bottom of the table, with Bolton and Rotherham below them on goal difference.
They return to action on Tuesday night when they face Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
Grayson said: “In the first half we didn’t think Cardiff caused us too many problems.
“We wanted to impose ourselves on them being the home side and I thought we pressurised them.
“Our work off the ball was good, the shape was disciplined but we are just lacking a bit of belief and self-confidence in the final third.
“You just want someone to grasp an opportunity, drop then shoulder, take someone on and hit the target.
“If we get a couple of positive results, that confidence will come.”