Brentford boss Uwe Rosler was pleased to earn a point from a "possible banana skin" despite seeing his side dominate in a 1-1 draw against Port Vale.
Gutsy Vale gave everything in their first game following promotion from League Two last term, but Rosler's classy team should have taken advantage of their superiority, particularly in the second half.
Rosler said: "It was a possible banana skin and I'm not disappointed with a point. I thought we did well overall.
"It was a massive pitch and a sticky surface which didn't suit us, but we controlled most of the game and should really have won.
"The potential of our play going forward is frightening, but we didn't test Vale's 'keeper as much as we should have done.
"We didn't make the most of a lot of good situations we created, but it's the first game of the season and I'm confident we will improve.
"We also have to give a lot of credit to our opponents who worked incredibly hard. A lot of teams will have problems coming here."
Brentford's quality on the ball soon caused Vale problems and Adam Forshaw squandered an excellent opportunity before the visitors took a 26th-minute lead.
The goal was a cracker from right-back Shaleum Logan, who cut inside Dan Jones and unleashed an unstoppable left-foot shot from 25 yards which flew into the top corner of Chris Neal's net.
However, determined Vale were only behind for five minutes as skipper Doug Loft netted after his initial effort was blocked by Logan following Gavin Tomlin's right-wing cross.
Clayton Donaldson's lob went just over early in the second half after Jake Bidwell's superb pass put him in the clear.
And the visitors failed to make the most of a dominant second-half display through a combination of poor finishing and Vale's dogged defending.
Rosler was also happy with the performance of on-loan Chelsea midfielder George Saville, who grew into the game and impressed in the second half.
The Brentford boss added: "George was quiet in the first half, but this is league football and he needed time to adapt.
"He got better and better in the second half and I thought Adam Forshaw was tremendous for us in the first half."
Vale boss Micky Adams said: "I'm pleased to get our first point on the board. I've got everything out of the day I wanted to and we've competed well against a very good team.
"Brentford showed their quality, particularly in the second half, but we hung in there, dug deep and I'm happy with how the boys acquitted themselves.
"They had a game plan and we worked hard to stifle them. We were sloppy and nervous early on and I was disappointed with the way we conceded the goal, but we showed character and came back well.
"We put enough crosses into their box without creating many clear-cut chances and, of course, we've still got areas we can work on.
"There were some good individual performances, but I would prefer to talk about the team. They've all put in a massive amount of effort and we've got a good point."