Crystal Palace 1 Coventry 0
If it's true that the Premiership is going out of fashion, then what chance has the Carling Cup got?
Especially when two Championship sides are fielding weakened teams with no apparent interest in winning through to what could be a moneyspinning third-round tie.
In fairness to Coventry manager Micky Adams, three of his five changes from Saturday's draw at Brighton were enforced but leaving out strikers Dele Adebola and James Scowcroft was a clear indication that defeat wouldn't give him a sleepless night.
But Iain Dowie made eight alterations to the Palace side that lost to Cardiff at the weekend, proving he is more intent in getting the Eagles back into the top flight than keeping his fingers crossed for a plum draw in the next round.
It made for a lacklustre affair but in the end it was Palace who clinched the win thanks to a second-half strike from substitute Marco Reich. Even the quality of the goal could not hide the lack of entertainment as most supporters chose to stay away for what seems to be a competition that has lost all interest.
Palace's approac, with a lone man up front, was bordering on the stationary in the first period and that allowed Coventry to dominate possession. In fact, the Sky Blues have rarely enjoyed such a long spell of keep-ball all season and they did create a series of chances early on.
Gary McSheffrey was revelling in his role as Coventry's only man up front and he found several gaping holes in the home team's defence.
At the same time, the midfield trio of Stephen Hughes, Isaac Osbourne and Michael Doyle, were taking advantage of the time and space in midfield.
Andy Morrell should have opened the scoring in the first minute but he snatched his effort over the crossbar. McSheffrey then showed great strength to hold off Mark Hudson before laying off for Doyle who screwed over from the edge of the box.
At his next opportunity, McSheffrey decided to go it alone and his shot form the corner of the area was almost deflected in by full-back Danny Butterfield. From the resulting corner, Claus Jorgensen headed over the top.
At the start of the second half, the game was crying out for someone to take it by the scruff of the neck and in the end, it was left to substitute Reich to set the game alight as he came off the bench and fired the home team ahead just 12 minutes after being introduced.
The midfielder took advantage of a mistake by Morrell before cutting into the box and curling a right-footed shot into the top corner. It was a goal worthy of settling a more prestigious clash.
Adams threw on Scowcroft and Adebola and, within minutes, two chances fell the way of McSheffrey but he was woefully wide.
Despite the disappointing spectacle, it will be a night to remember for teenager Kevin Thornton who was given his first-team debut for Coventry.