Coventry City assistant manager Adrian Heath sees tonight's trip to Derby County as an illustration of the Championship's 'thin divide'.
Phil Brown's Rams lie tenth, seven places ahead of the Sky Blues, but are only one win better off - a consequence of Coventry having played less home games than the rest.
Given that both teams have drawn four of their first seven, another stalemate looks on the cards tonight and Heath suggests that the Sky Blues' form points to them having the measure of most teams in this division.
"There were arguably 12 clubs with half-a-chance back in August. We've now played four of them and there's been nothing in it," said Heath.
"We only lost to Sheffield United to a last-minute penalty when we were down to ten men but, as with Norwich, Southampton and Reading on Saturday, we've given them all a game.
"Even coming as late as our equaliser did on Saturday, we deserved something.
"We've seen there's nothing to fear in this division. It is a thin divide. This league is very tight but, while we'll still treat teams with respect, if we start looking after ourselves a little bit and working on our players, we've got more than enough to make a really good fist of this."
Heath returns to Pride Park tonight less than two months after spending two days in the employ of the Rams.
Having resigned his post as Micky Adams' No 2 to take up a similar post working for Rams boss Brown, he was curiously back at Coventry by the end of the week, seemingly the innocent victim of Derby's own lack of internal communication.
"Phil was a bit apologetic about it," said Heath. " Neither of us had foreseen that the club would want compensation. The two clubs are close allies and they wanted to avoid any upset.
"But it's pretty much forgotten now and put to bed. If it had come off, then great, but it didn't and I'm still enjoying my work here and it's just been a case of getting on with it."
Heath also insists that his brief stay with Derby has given the Sky Blues only the slightest of advantages tonight.
"I was only there for two days while they were trying to sort it out all out and I never actually worked with the players, although the lengths I spoke with to Phil gave me an idea of how they play and what to expect at Pride Park," he said.
While the two clubs have delayed Sky Blues striker Stern John's expected threemonth loan move until later in the week, to allow him the maximum amount of matches, Heath does not know quite what to expect from Derby tonight.
They lost star striker Grzegorz Rasiak to Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day and are now without Middlesbrough loan defender Andrew Davies after his red card on Saturday.
"The sale of Rasiak has affected them and now Davies won't be playing either, they're down to the bare bones," said Heath.
As for Coventry, he is confident that Andy Morrell's reemergence will more than cover John's imminent departure.
"He'd maybe been a bit forgotten about but he went up-front on Saturday and gave us a bit of a spark," said Heath.