Fulham stopper David Button admitted he knew from the moment Tomas Kalas was sent off on Saturday that he would be in for a busy 90 minutes.
His team-mate was shown a straight red card inside the opening 60 seconds at Reading, giving the Cottagers a mountain to climb against one of last season's best sides.
However, it didn't quite turn out to be the busiest afternoon for Button, with Fulham digging in superbly.
And after going behind, they showed great character to equalise, thanks to substitute Lucas Piazon.
"We deserved the point. It was a tough afternoon, and I think just for the attitude of the players and the amount of effort we put in, we deserved a point," said Button, speaking to Get West London.
"Reading may say differently but we showed great character and it ended up being a good result."
Reflecting further on the game and in particular Kalas' sending off, was there enough cover coming across in the Fulham backline that maybe should have warranted just a booking?
"The speed of the game to make a decision, it's going to be close either way," said Button.
"But it's one of those things we had to deal with and the boys knuckled down.
"Naturally, I knew I was going to be in for a tough afternoon. Reading are a good team and with ten men it was always going to be difficult.
"But in the end I was surprised with how little I had to do. I thought we defended really well and a good team performance.
"I was happy with my saves and to be there when called upon, but it was down to the lads for keeping their chances to a minimum.
"And as goals come, I am sure it was sweet for Lucas (Piazon). It shows the quality of the players we have on the bench with players like him, it's great for the team."