In true John Major fashion, Maik Taylor admitted a back-to-basis campaign had paid dividends for Birmingham City.

The shocking home defeat against Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-finals sent reverberations throughout the whole club and manager Steve Bruce has adopted a siege mentality in the aftermath.

Hours of hard labour have been undertaken on the training ground and while moments in the game last week at Manchester United provided encouragement, there was tangible proof against Chelsea.

Goalkeeper Taylor was only called upon to make two saves from Arjen Robben and Hernan Crespo as a tenacious Blues' performance stifled the Premiership champions in a goalless draw.

And the Northern Ireland international admitted the memories of their last home game have been consigned to the dustbin.

"We tried not to think about that and the manager has tried to keep us away from all that kind of thing.

He wants us to go back to basics and be difficult to beat," said Taylor.

"Which is the way we set our stall out in pre-season and it was a massive boost for us today. Hopefully we can build on that on Tuesday [against Bolton Wanderers].

"It has been a difficult time recently, but I thought the lads defended magnificently today and I didn't get too many saves to make. I think it is a big pat on the back today for the lads, as they worked their socks off.

"Chelsea are one of the best teams in Europe, so it is always going to be difficult. We can enjoy a fantastic well-earned point and look forward to Tuesday."

News of Portsmouth's result will have deflated the bubble of optimism slightly ahead of Tuesday night's clash with Bolton at St Andrew's.

Portsmouth's victory at Fulham dumped Birmingham into 19th position in the Premiership table. Portsmouth and West Bromwich Albion are now two points clear but Albion have played one more game.

But Taylor insisted they would be concentrating solely on their own predicament.

"We have to look at our own performances and not worry about the other two teams," he said.

"We have taken a battering recently and have worked hard on the training pitch, which brought its rewards today.

"This was a massive point for us and hopefully we can build on it."