"Due to injuries we had to ring the changes but the players who came in did well," said McLeish.
"Chucho (Benitez) made his first start and was unlucky not to score.
"It was Giovanny's first game in England and he knows what it's all about now - big centre-forwards getting in your face.
"It's not South American style which is more tactical and more into feet. There's a lot of aerial stuff in this country but he'll get used to it."