Coventry City 1 Southampton 1
One nightmare moment for Coventry City's stand-in skipper Robert Page was enough to end Coventry City's winning start in the new stadium.
Just nine days on from their triumphant entry into the Ricoh Arena with that thrilling 3-0 win over Queens Park Rangers, the Sky Blues' first night game at their new home was marred when Page's awful error let in Ricardo Fuller to equalise James Scowcroft's early opener.
To rub salt into the wounds, Coventry also lost Dele Adebola - their twogoal hero against QPR - with a hamstring injury.
But Coventry boss Micky Adams was reluctant to point too heavy a finger of blame at Page, after his weak backpass let in the grateful Fuller.
"It needs no highlighting the fact that he cocked up," said Adams. "What impressed me was that it didn't affect him. He just got on with the game and that's always the sign of a good pro."
Adams was more concerned with the loss of Adebola, at a time when he looks capable of forging a decent strike partnership with Scowcroft.
"He'll be badly missed," said Adams. "He'd started particularly well and is clearly forging a good relationship with Scowcroft.
"It's a little bit early too say exactly how long he'll be out yet, but he jogged off, so I wouldn't think it's a major problem.
"But I can't be too critical. We got enough crosses in and forced them back for long periods of the game.
"They're a good side who put you under a lot of pressure with the quality of their possession, but in terms of effort and commitment, I can't fault the players."
The Sky Blues started well and inside six minutes, Scowcroft steered home his second goal in as many games from Marcus Hall's pin-point near-post cross.
And, with the impressive wall of noise created by Coventry's proud fans inside their brand spanking new home a rousing backdrop, more goals seemed on the cards.
Even with only 19,000 turning up for the their team's first night match, the stadium's Wembley-style roof created a great atmosphere.
But, within five minutes, it had all gone quiet, except for the shrill sound of Southampton's small pocket of travelling fans at the sparselypopulated away end.
A sloppy piece of defending by Page let in Fuller, but great credit still has to be given to the Jamaican bargain signing for the way he evaded Page's efforts to recover, drew Stephen Bywater and curled coolly just inside the far post.
One sustained barrage of Coventry corners apart, the home side could not find another breakthrough before the interval.
And, after the blow of losing Adebola before the break, it was the same story in the second half.
One almighty scramble ended with Fuller heading just over the angle, Nigel Quashie fired just over and David Prutton cut in from the unfamiliar left flank to fizz one just wide.
But Scowcroft, with an acrobatic volley straight at Saints keeper Antti Niemi and another shot on the turn just wide, was perhaps closest to winning it.