Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Southampton 0
Glenn Hoddle continues to preach the value of a mixture of victories and defeats being far more lucrative than a monotonous run of draws.
Sadly, however, it's a mathematical theory that has yet to find a place in Molineux reality.
Under Hoddle's near year-long tutelage, Wolverhampton Wanderers have now drawn 24 of their 45 league games.
It cost them last season when Wolves lost the same number of games as Sunderland but finished a staggering 28 points adrift of the Championship titlewinners. This term, they have already chalked up nine draws to figure just behind Saturday's visitors Southampton, who have 12, as the Championship's draw specialists.
Perhaps it is not only the absence of injured strikers Kenny Miller and Carl Cort that has left Wolves unable to transform the sort of territorial dominance exerted against Southampton in the second half into the vital hard currency of goals.
The pretty and attractive football favoured by Hoddle does not lend itself to going gung-ho in an allout quest for goals. That meant substitute Leon Clarke's 79th-minute volley against the crossbar and Tom Huddlestone's 82nd-minute shot saved by Saints goalkeeper Antti Niemi were Wolves' last throws of the dice, rather than the prelude to a late onslaught.
That left them with two successive goalless draws in five Molineux days from matches Hoddle had earmarked as 'must-win' affairs and when you consider that is just five goals gleaned in the last eight home games, it's not difficult to see where the main problems lie.
"A very frustrating afternoon," was how H o d d l e described the 90 minutes and while he managed to restrain his obvious disappointment with the performance of referee Paul Taylor, he had every reason to view the hapless Hertfordshire official with as much disdain as his misfiring attackers.
Taylor can't be blamed for Wolves' failure to find their goalscoring touch, but it is hoped his paymasters were viewing the television pictures to see how his ridiculous pettiness and frequently bizarre decisions never let either side get into their stride.
Wolves, and Colin Cameron in particular, fell foul of Mr Taylor in the game's most controversial incident on 35 minutes when the tigerish Scottish midfielder won a threeway race for the ball with Niemi and Darren Kenton, before seemingly being upended by the combination of the two.
in a largely lethargic opening period with the visitors producing the more purposeful openings, only to find Stefan Postma in stubborn mood as he denied former Wolves' target Brett Ormerod from a one-on-one opportunity and also beat away Kamil Kosowki's free-kick.
Postma continued his recent high standards to deny Theo Walcott from another one-on-one just before the hour mark but, that apart, the second period was all Wolves.
Yet once again, as on the first day of the season when these two played out an identical result, Niemi was once again on top form with a reflex stop from George Ndah's header - after which Clarke failed to hook in the rebound - and that other late save from Huddlestone's fierce drive.
When Niemi was beaten, as with Clarke's welltimed volley 11 minutes from time, the crossbar came to the rescue, leaving Hoddle again digesting a hugely unsatisfactory Molineux stalemate.
"We weren't out of the blocks very quickly and didn't have a chance until the end of the first half but, after the break, it was better," he said.
"Niemi made a wonderful save from George's header and another couple as well and we also hit the crossbar, so it certainly wasn't a 0-0 where it didn't look like a goal would come.
"The fourth clean sheet in a row is a positive and if we can maintain that we should be alright, because we know we can create chances.
" But while we're unbeaten now in five games, I would rather have won more and lost one because obviously the points total will be better.
"At the same time, we have never moved away from the philosophy of trying to win matches and in terms of our season, I think the best is still to come."
Such optimism is founded on Miller's possible return to training this week, Rohan Ricketts being restored to availability and Cort and Paul Ince waiting in the wings a couple of weeks behind.
Upon taking receipt of figures such as those, Hoddle will certainly be hoping to consign Wolves' draw-specialist status to the memory bank.