Rotherham United head coach Leam Richardson insisted that his side were 'value for a positive result' following their draw against promotion hopefuls Sunderland in the club's last fixture of 2023.
Another solid home display littered with positive moments saw the Millers take the lead through a fine volley from midfielder Sam Clucas, before they were pegged back by a cruel deflected strike claimed by the Black Cats' Jack Clarke.
The match stats told the story of the hosts having at least as many chances as their Play-off-chasing counterparts, with opportunities also falling the way of Sam Nombe and Jamie Lindsay.
Speaking after the game, Richardson said:
"I thought we were value for a positive result.
"Certainly in the first half we were disappointed not to go in ahead and the effort and levels of commitment are commendable.
"We know where we're at in terms of bodies. In the attacking sense in the first half we were good but we had to defend at times in the second and be respectful of their quality of player.
"The turnaround in games with the low numbers that we've got, I have to say that the lads have taken the information in superbly well from the training ground onto the pitch against a team who are in the top half of the table for a reason.
"I thought we matched them in large parts and there were some really good performances today.
"We haven't got the pleasure of rotating at the minute and everybody has been used today."