Cardiff City 0 Coventry City 0
It's not often that two managers are so totally in tune when it comes to analysing a match.
Cardiff City manager Dave Jones moaned that his Coventry City counterpart Micky Adams had paid his side a 'compliment' by putting up the shutters and quite obviously coming for a point.
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As one would expect from a manager in such a perilous position, Adams agreed, his tactical decision to bring in Richard Shaw and play with three centre-halves having clearly proved a success.
The only slight disagreement was how many defenders Coventry had.
While Adams would twitch angrily even at the very idea that he had five at the back, Jones wasted little time referring to the Sky Blues' 'ten-man defence'.
"Our keeper Neil Alexander might as well have brought a magazine with him or read the Sunday papers," said Jones, with the same dour wit that characterised his four years as Wolves manager.
"He didn't have a shot to save but, while it's our fault we've not found a way to break them down, it's a compliment to how far we've come that they stuck ten men behind the ball."
Although Cardiff are scoreless in four games since, Adams' thinking was influenced while witnessing Cardiff's 6-1 destruction of Crewe Alexandra a fortnight ago.
"It scared me half to death when I saw that," Adams said. "We've paid them a compliment by putting the extra man in at the back. Cameron Jerome is quick and will cause problems and you simply never know where Jason Koumas is going to pop up next.
" The way we've been defending, I decided to change our shape and, although we had to work hard for it, tactically, we got it right. We played with effort and attitude and Richard Shaw came back in and did just what I asked of him.
"I just wish he was five years younger and, with the majority of our players back to full fitness, as long as we've got that, we can compete with anybody."
Having said that, it was still a spectacle almost as bad as the half-time Ninian Park press box soup . . . weak, tepid and, with particular reference to Darren Purse's waist-high challenge on Gary McSheffrey, totally lacking in taste.
The always menacing Koumas did have one promising dribble ended by a great block by Robert Page, excellent on his Cardiff return, but Martin Fulop dealt comfortably with Jeff Whitley's shot.
The only attacking threat Coventry managed was when McSheffrey headed a Lilian Nalis cross into the sidenetting. Apart from a Nalis shot going too high from a poor Jamie Scowcroft knockdown after the break, that was that from the visitors.
Wolves old boy Kevin Cooper offered early secondhalf promise when he tested Fulop from long range. Exciting young prospect Jerome looked to have created an opening when he got round the keeper, only for Page to block his shot.
There was only one player with the class to win this game but Coventry's running and tackling ensured that the Jason Koumas effect was limited.
Just past the hour the onloan West Bromwich Albion man made a gliding run and shot that was superbly touched round for a corner by Fulop.
Another slide rule Koumas pass appeared to have offered Alan Lee a sniff of goal but Fulop was equal to the nearpost shot.
All in all, though, entertainment-wise, there was wretchedly little end product.