Cardiff City 1 Coventry City 0
There was nothing remotely glorious about the 12th for Micky Adams. Heady optimism after the victory over Sunderland last Sunday has been followed by a sobering week in which Coventry have fallen to successive defeats.
Sunderland's subsequent fortunes have also added a sense of perspective to City's opening-day success. With Southampton widely fancied to return to the Premiership, the midweek defeat at St Mary's was not a disaster, especially as it was coupled with a reasonable performance.
But Coventry also have hopes of improving on eighth place and that could well mean a play-off berth, so earning something from Ninian Park was, if not vital, certainly important.
In the end, Adams was again left to rue that an afternoon of endeavour and no small amount of promise yielded nothing.
That was not the only tale of the visit. New signing David MacNamee pulled his hamstring after only five minutes and was replaced by Adam Virgo. The Celtic player had been brought in on loan to bolster the attack but was forced to fill in at right-back. He lasted twelve minutes before going down innocuously, only to be stretchered off with the early diagnosis of a ruptured knee ligament.
Both incidents were damaging, but not ultimately telling on the result. The defeat was down to Coventry's shortcomings in the final third of the field.
They did have to weather some pressure - Marcus Hall had to clear from off or near the goal-line on three occasions - and Andy Marshall emerged as man of the match, but it was at the other end of the field where they failed to turn possession into something more tangible.
The reason they had the chances was down to the considerable grip which the rejuvenated Stephen Hughes and Michael Doyle held in midfield. They made sure that any loose scraps were mopped up, while they moved the ball efficiently.
Both Cities set a formidable tempo and that meant that ball retention, especially in the advanced areas, was imperative, but neither Stern John nor Dele Adebola were truly on their game. They were also up against Darren Purse, who was in formidable form.
Whenever the visitors did manage to construct a move which took them into the Cardiff area, the former West Bromwich Albion man was there to tidy up.
Cardiff also stepped up their performance after the interval and began to stretch play. Steve Thompson and Michael Chopra worked hard to create chances and the latter's involvement grew as the game went on.
He pulled a good save out of Marshall in the 78th minute and, just 60 seconds later, was celebrating his first goal for his new club when he turned in a cross from Joe Ledley.
He could have settled the game a couple of minutes later when Doyle, who had a shaky last quarter, inadvertently put him through on goal but Marshall just managed to keep the ball out.
With two early injuries, Adams had resisted making his third change until the dying minutes but, once again, the introduction of Don Hutchison made a massive difference.
He set up two chances which went begging and looked a few seconds faster than those around him.
Adams appears reluctant to play the veteran from the start, probably because of his age, but Hutchison is making it increasingly hard for his boss to maintain that stance.
Any Coventry-Leicester game has an edge, but, if Coventry's promotion aspirations are wholly serious, they will need to come out on top at the Ricoh Arena on Friday.