The defender said: "We've had a few nil-nils here in the past because both teams have good defences and so it proved again.

"We shaded the game and maybe could have nicked it, so I'm a little disappointed because we had a couple of chances.

"Realistically we're out of the title race now. Arsenal and Manchester United have set the pace and we now have to show respect to Aston Villa and Manchester City because we are in a right battle to get fourth place with them."