Aston Villa midfielder James Milner was in an upbeat mood after his side's dour goalless draw at Charlton Athletic.
One of the bright points in an otherwise grim affair, Milner's performance highlighted his growing importance to David O'Leary's side.
And while there was little else to get excited about, the midfielder thought his side could take a lot of positives from the encounter.
"There was a lot of hard work gone into today's game," he said. "Neither side had many real clear-cut chances, but I thought we could have nicked one from one of the setpieces, or something like that.
"I think our away form has been good, and so hopefully we can carry that on for the rest of the season. We've got 11 games left now, we've got to keep playing as well as we can and hopefully have a good run in the Cup and see what happens."
The draw at Charlton extended Villa's run of unbeaten games away from home to eight and it is that form that Milner hopes to harness for the coming months.
"Hopefully, we can take that and turn around our home form as well," he said. "I don't know why we're better away from home, but you've got to be happy in the Premiership, especially away from home, to do what we have done against the quality sides as well.
"It has been tough, but it shows what quality we do have. Charlton have got a good team and to keep a clean sheet against a forward line that has been on form all season is a good achievement."
Sven-Goran Eriksson is expected to give Charlton striker Darren Bent his full England debut in Wednesday night's friendly against Uruguay. Milner has played alongside Bent for England Under-21s and he believes the Addicks forward can easily make the jump to international level. ..SUPL: