West Brom chief Tony Pulis admitted their attacking play was dismal in the goalless draw with Aston Villa.
The hosts carved out nothing going forward, even after boss Tony Pulis threw on Saido Berahino, Victor Anichebe and Callum McManaman from the bench.
Pulis put that lack of imagination down to a hangover from the busy festive period and credited his team for emerging with a draw despite their shortcomings in the final third.
“Going forward we were disappointing, we just couldn’t get things going,” he noted. “That’s just not one of the players, that’s all of us collectively.
“That was a disappointment but when things are not going well, what you need your team to do is work and work and work. That’s what they’ve done today; they’ve ground a result out and at times you need to do that.
“We’ve had eight games in the last four weeks and the last three of them have been away from home. We looked a little bit tired.
“Our front players – we needed a little bit more off them going forward. We didn’t get that. But, as a group, defensively I thought we were very, very good. I said to them afterwards that I’m really, really pleased with them. We weren’t at our best today but we never lost.”