Gary Caldwell was pleased with his side's endeavour as they drew 0-0 at home to Blackpool.
City had the best of the game against the side recently relegated from the Championship, though Viljami Sinisalo was called into action on two occasions to make huge saves.
"I thought the first half was very cagey and they sat off us more than they have in the first two games, so they showed us a lot of respect," Gary said.
"We couldn't find how to break through that, but when we did we created a chance from a brilliant press on their middle centre-back and could have taken the lead from there.
"In the second half, once we showed them some clips in the break, we created good moments high up the pitch. It didn't quite fall to us to win the game, even though I really did feel like it was going to be our day.
"It wasn't to be, but I can't fault the players, they were outstanding."
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