Ugly City please McInnes
Manager Derek McInnes applauded the way Bristol City approached the 'ugly' side of their game as they held West Ham to a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate.
The point, which all but confined the Hammers to the npower Championship play-offs, moved City to within touching distance of safety.
McInnes was delighted by the character and resolve of his squad, as they withstood everything their high-flying guests had to throw at them in a scratchy 90 minutes of football.
"There's not many teams that will get a fluency against West Ham. It's the way it is. You've got to do the ugly side of the game well, you've got to stand up to it," said McInnes. "West Ham are a big, big side with a lot of experience and they know how to win games and they ask questions of you so you won't get a lot of teams playing against West Ham with a lot of fluency.
"We showed enough of the right qualities to get our point and we more than earned it.
"I wasn't expecting it to be a pretty night, I wasn't expecting it to be expansive. I was expecting it to be naughty at times, I was expecting it to be physical and that was exactly what it was."