Despite the better chances falling the home side’s way in the Yorkshire Derby at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday night, Nigel Adkins’ side couldn’t find a way past a stubborn away defence as the points were shared.
Aina insists there were still positives to take from the stalemate, but acknowledges the Tigers have to start turning draws into wins as they look to put distance between themselves and the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship table.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Deepdale, Aina said: “I think everyone was frustrated after the Leeds game. We dominated the match from start to finish and did everything but score!
“We played at a high tempo high from the off and took take the game to them, which is exactly what we wanted. It was just frustrating afterwards because, once again, we came off the pitch feeling as though we should’ve won the game.
“That’s happened far too many times this season, but the positives were that we came away from it with another clean sheet, which shows how much we’ve improved defensively. We’ve just got to look forward to the next game now which is away at Preston.
“Going to Deepdale, we’ve got to look to produce another good team performance but make sure we stick the ball in the back of the net in order to come away with the points.
“That’s what we have to do – we can’t afford to lose or draw games now! We need to put together a decent run of results in order to move away from the trouble at the bottom of the table.
“Preston are a good side and they did one on us on home soil earlier in the season. That was another game we shouldn’t have lost, so we want to go to their place and do a job on them.
“That’s what we’ve been working towards since Tuesday night and our only goal is to go there and get what would be three vital points.”
Aina and his team-mates head to Deepdale for what is the first of four successive away trips, with games away at Nottingham Forest, Chelsea – in the Emirates FA Cup – and Middlesbrough to come before a return to action on home soil against Sheffield United towards the end of February.
The Tigers have secured just one league win away from home this season – a 1-0 victory over Barnsley back in October – and the Chelsea loanee knows that results on the road need to improve.
“It’s a real test of our character coming up,” he added.
“We’ve been strong at home of late, but now with a run of away games coming up, we have to produce the goods and, more importantly, pick up results on the road.
“I think we’ve shown a lot of character over the last couple of months, but we need to step it up again.
“Right now though our only focus is on Saturday. As I say, Preston are a decent side, but I don’t feel as though we come up short against any side in the Championship.
“We’ve got a good group here and a good test-up. We feel as though we can compete with anyone in this league, but it’s up to us as a team to go out and prove it.
“Confidence in the camp remains good. We’ve got some fantastic players in the squad and we know we shouldn’t be where we are in the table with the calibre of the squad.
“However, we are where we are and we can’t get away from that. We know we’re in a fight and everyone here is up for that fight. We’re all in this together.”