Ian Hendon said West Ham United could be proud of their start to the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season after earning a deserved point at Newcastle United.
The Hammers kept their second clean sheet in succession to secure a goalless draw at St James' Park, and could even had won all three had Modibo Maiga, Winston Reid or Kevin Nolan put presentable chances away.
As it was, Newcastle came within inches of stealing victory themselves when Sammy Ameobi's 93rd-minute cross hit the inside of the post and Yoan Gouffran fired the rebound over the crossbar with the goal gaping.
First-team coach Hendon reflected on a cagey game that could have gone either way in an exclusive interview with West Ham TV.
"I think, if you look at the chances over the 90 minutes, we had better opportunities than Newcastle and should possibly have got all three points," he said.
"Having said that, we could have lost it right at the end when they have hit one against the post and it has fallen to their lad, who has put it over.
"If you'd said before we got to Newcastle that we'd have got a point, at the end of the day we'd have probably taken it."
As a former centre-back himself, Hendon was rightly proud of the Hammers' defensive efforts. In the first half, West Ham pressed their hosts high up the pitch and repeatedly won possession in advanced areas.
In the second period, with Newcastle on the offensive, the whole team worked immensely hard to restrict the Magpies to a grand total of zero shots on target.
"I think we've got to be proud of two clean sheets out of two so far. I can't remember Jussi Jaaskelainen having to make a save in the two games we've played so far, so that's credit to the back four and the rest of the team for the way they are defending."
While the team make-up may change, Hendon wants to see a similarly resolute display when West Ham host League Two outfit Cheltenham Town in the Capital One Cup second round on Tuesday evening.
"It will be a different sort of challenge. It's going to be their cup final and, as we saw a couple of years ago against Aldershot, these games are never easy.
"We need to be up and at them from the start. We want to progress in this competition.
"I'm not sure what the team will be yet, but I'm sure one or two lads will get their opportunity and it's up to them to stake their claim for a place in the team on Saturday."
Looking further forward, Hendon is relishing next Saturday's Barclays Premier League visit of Stoke City to the Boleyn Ground.
The Potters picked up their first win of the season at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday and the former Notts County captain knows Mark Hughes' side will be a tough and physical unit to break down.
That said, Hendon believes the Hammers have the necessary qualities to continue their unbeaten start to the Barclays Premier League campaign.
"Of course, we want to build on our good start against Stoke. We've got an international break after that and, if we can go into that with seven points out of nine, that would be nice.
"It's not a foregone conclusion, but it would be good to get through the first three games without a defeat with seven points on the board.
"We'll have a little break and a few lads will be away and then we'll pick up and be ready to go again."