IPSWICH TOWN boss Roy Keane was full of praise despite watching his side concede another late goal in the 1-1 draw with West Brom at Portman Road.
Grant Leadbitter gave Town the lead from the penalty spot in the 66th minute, but Chris Brunt was able to poke home from two yards in stoppage time to earn Albion a vital point in their promotion challenge.
Keane has now seen his side lose just once in the last 15 league games and he believes they are on the up.
He said: "When I was driving to the game I knew that we would have to defend well if we were going to have a chance and they did that.
"We are nearly a good team but we all know nearly never made it. Are we short in certain areas? You bet we are. But we are improving all the time and they gave it their all tonight."
Elsewhere, Billy Davies continued to dampen expectations despite seeing his Nottingham Forest side dismantle QPR to move level on points with Newcastle at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship.
Goals from Robert Earnshaw (2), Dexter Blackstock, Chris Cohen and James Perch completed the rout as the Reds joined Newcastle on 52 points at the division's summit.
"Promotion - not a chance," said the Scot. "At the moment we have achieved nothing."
Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan refused point blank to discuss the future of sought-after winger Adam Johnson following his side's 4-1 triumph over Doncaster at Keepmoat Stadium. Johnson turned in a sparkling display which saw him net twice, one a 25-yard thunderbolt, and create one for team-mate Jonathan Franks. Also on target for Boro was second half substitute Leroy Lita.
Swansea manager Paulo Sousa bemoaned his side's lack of composure as they failed to break down a resolute Coventry side in a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium.
Darren Ferguson made a triumphant return to Peterborough to claim his first victory as
Preston boss, thanks to Neil Mellor's 33rd-minute winner.
Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell believes there is plenty of room for improvement despite seeing his side earn a 3-0 win over struggling Reading.
Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock is today facing up to a relegation battle and the dismantling of his squad after the cash-strapped Eagles called in the administrators.
Administration brings with it an automatic 10-point penalty so Warnock will need to lift his players for tonight's game at Newcastle knowing they are now just three points above the relegation zone.