Hull City and Aston Villa consolidated their creditable mid-table starts to the season with a drab goalless draw at the KC Stadium.
The sides came into the match in confident mood, Villa having sensationally come from behind to defeat Manchester City 3-2 seven days ago, and both were searching for a third consecutive Premier League win.
Returning Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor produced a stinging shot to draw a fine first-half save from Allan McGregor but, in truth, the Hull goalkeeper and his opposite number Brad Guzan enjoyed relatively untroubled afternoons.
Before that opening, Hull’s Danny Graham might have converted Ahmed Elmohamady's right-wing cross but the former Swansea striker failed to do so and his goal drought extended to 24 matches in all competitions.
Stephen Quinn came into the Hull midfield to replace Robbie Brady after the side's top scorer underwent hernia surgery this week.
Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood returned from respective ankle and thigh complaints to bolster Aston Villa's bid for three consecutive wins for the first time since April 2010.
Andreas Weimann netted the winner against City last Saturday and the Austrian forward might have added to his season tally when Elmohamady failed to deal with Fabian Delph's third-minute cross.
Hull spent large parts of the opening exchanges out of possession, but Villa right-back Leandro Bacuna was forced to clear over his own crossbar after Sone Aluko cleverly released Graham down the right channel in the 15th minute.
Shortly afterwards another quality delivery from the Villa left, this time by Elmohamady, asked further questions but Graham could not convert with Ron Vlaar in close attendance.
Villa responded and McGregor had to be at full stretch to palm Agbonlahor's 20-yard drive behind.
Westwood was perhaps fortunate to escape with a yellow card 10 minutes before the interval after tangling with Tom Huddlestone and swiping an arm across the towering midfielder's face.
Agbonlahor came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock seven minutes after the restart, angling Weimann's cutback narrowly past the post following a superb driving run down the left flank from Bacuna.
At the other end, Ciaran Clark timed his challenge well to deny Aluko, although the former Rangers man might have struck first time and he was replaced by Yannick Sagbo as the game entered its final quarter.
Hull left-back Maynor Figueroa sent a ball skidding across the edge of the Villa area in the 70th minute to find Elmohamady, who sliced wastefully wide.
A nasty clash of heads forced running repairs for Hull defender Curtis Davies and visiting striker Libor Kozak, while Villa boss Paul Lambert sent on Aleksandar Tonev and Jordan Bowery for Westwood and Agbonlahor in search of a final push in the last 15 minutes that ultimately failed to materialise for either side.
Hull sit eighth in the Premier League table, a point and a place better off than their opponents after seven matches.
|27||Ahmed El Mohamady|
|Coach: S. Bruce|
for S. Quinn 69'
for S. Aluko 69'
for Ahmed El Mohamady 85'
|Allegri will join Chelsea, says former coach|
|Zanetti: No need to compare Maradona and Messi|
|Vardy: I never expected Leicester to top Premier League|
|Capello: Ronaldo has at least three years at the top|
|Klopp hoping for Sturridge revival|
|Bilic wants new contract to keep Payet at West Ham|
|Shelvey can be as good as Cabaye - Sissoko|
|Rooney leaps to Depay defence after Chelsea error|
|Januzaj, Varela injured in United Under-21s win|
|Valencia v Barcelona: Luis Enrique eyes record as Neville stands on the brink|
|Espanyol 0 Real Sociedad 5: Vela scores stunner in ruthless display|
|Cruyff would have preferred Guardiola at Manchester United|
|Questioning Ronaldo is an insult - Aduriz|
|Peterborough United v West Brom: Berahino set for another chance|
|Barcelona confirm medical tests for Messi|
|Ajax defender Riedewald out for season with broken ankle|
|Barcelona is the best place for Neymar - Mascherano|
|Clement axed as Derby head coach|
|Chelsea defender Zouma out for the season|
|Rodgers: I´ve turned down Swansea and four other clubs since Liverpool|
|Russia to invite Blatter and Platini to World Cup 2018|
|Robben rejoices as Ribery resumes Bayern training|
|Terry as good as ever, says Azpilicueta|
|Struggling Rotherham sack Redfearn|
|Courtois feels Champions League or FA Cup glory would save Chelsea´s season|
|Paris Saint-Germain v Lyon: Genesio vows ´unlucky´ visitors will have a go|
|Liverpool cancel Q&A to discuss ticket price furore|
|Klopp: Liverpool won´t follow Payet to the toilet|
|Bochum v Bayern Munich: Alonso braced for intense month|
|Ronaldo: Two more years at Real Madrid and then we´ll see|
|No problems with Kagawa says Dortmund boss Tuchel|
|Laporte denies saying he would reject Barcelona|
|Impressive Sturridge and returning Coutinho in contention - Klopp|
|Leicester were afraid of Italian tactics - Ranieri reveals his secret|
|Coentrao sustains fractured foot|
|Barcelona director at ease over Neymar future|
|Mata touched by reaction of Chelsea fans|
|Alonso: Guardiola departure not a distraction|
|Thiago Silva: PSG can stay unbeaten all season|
|Cristiano Ronaldo will keep breaking records - Hugo Sanchez|
|Bilic: Klopp will be back because he is a leader|
|Mancini dismisses Inter title bid as ´a closed story´|
|Guardiola took Bayern for a ride - Hamann|
|Mihajlovic demands more from Balotelli|
|Campbell urges clubs to give black managers a chance|
|Marchisio expects Napoli showdown to be decisive|
|You can´t expect to score lots of goals in every game - Modric|
|FFA hit Wanderers with show cause notice|
|We did not deserve Madrid defeat - Granada coach|
|Mata frustrated with Chelsea draw|
|Valencia won´t sack Neville - Mendieta|
|Senna makes Villarreal return|
|Spalletti: Roma need to cut out lapses|
|China will break $100m transfer fee - Cahill|
|Ranieri: Don´t look down|
|Guardiola reinvented football - Alaba|
|Tottenham fear no one - Kane|
|Flores believes Tottenham are Premier League´s best|
|Henderson: Walkout no excuse for Sunderland collapse|
|Neville bullish about Valencia future|
|Ramos: Modric key for Madrid|
|La Liga Review: Luis Enrique matches Guardiola record, Modric rescues Madrid|
|Blanc concerned by PSG mistakes|
|Ligue 1 Review: PSG sneak past Marseille|
|Hiddink: Chelsea deserved a point|
|Zidane: Modric should shoot more often|
|Serie A Review: Club-record 14 in a row for Juve at Frosinone|
|Marseille 1 Paris Saint-Germain 2: Di Maria settles Le Classique for unconvincing leaders|
|Granada 1 Real Madrid 2: Modric stunner snatches vital victory|
|Bundesliga Review: Hoffenheim´s misery continues|
|Van Gaal hits back at media over Mourinho rumours|
|Zouma set for scan on knee injury|
|Rodgers: Liverpool owners need to pick between business and winning models|
|Van Gaal fumes at United composure after ´unbelievable´ Chelsea draw|
|Sarri approaching Juve clash like any other|
|Terry: No communication over new Chelsea deal|
|Lingard: Chelsea draw feels like a defeat|
|Campbell expects unpredictable Premier League climax|
|Allegri: Juve ready for Napoli clash|
|Chelsea 1 Manchester United 1: Costa preserves Hiddink´s unbeaten run after Zouma horror injury|
|Wenger: Leicester clash is must-win for Arsenal|
|West Ham v Liverpool: Lallana eyes FA Cup boost|
|Zouma stretchered off after sustaining knee injury|
|Football League Review: Coventry´s winless run extends to five matches|
|Mihajlovic: Milan deserved to win against Udinese|
|Howe: Flamini should have seen red|
|Wenger expects more from Oxlade-Chamberlain after away drought ends|
|Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund: Grosskreutz fired up for BVB reunion|
|Arsenal had to respond to Leicester win - Ramsey|
|Frosinone 0 Juventus 2: Cuadrado and Dybala extend winning run|
|Lewandowski agent confirms Bayern contract talks|
|AC Milan 1 Udinese 1: Three in a row for Niang but Rossoneri´s winning streak ends|
|Napoli fans show support for Koulibaly|
|Marotta confident of keeping Allegri at Juventus|
|AFC Bournemouth 0 Arsenal 2: Gunners go third with easy victory|
|Mancini rues Inter´s set-piece woe|
|Laporte would refuse Barcelona move|
|Alba: Barcelona are not machines|
|Martinez tips Lennon for England recall|
|Luis Enrique focused on trophies, not records|
|Verona 3 Inter 3: Icardi and Perisic rescue a point for Mancini´s men|
|Levante 0 Barcelona 2: Luis Enrique victorious in milestone game|
|Southampton closing in on top-six target - Koeman|
|Guardiola can bring stars like Messi to Man City - Vassell|
|Neville demands Valencia players match fans´ passion|
|Vassell: Premier League title is Leicester´s to lose|
|Talk of Bayern rift amusing and annoying for Muller|
|Mourinho blames lack of signings for Chelsea failure|
|A-League Review: Glory boost finals hopes, Trifunovic stuns City|
|Agbonlahor can help Villa fight to the end - Garde|
|Hiddink favours attacking approach|
|Smalling pays tribute to ´role model´ Terry|
|PSG drop Lavezzi amid China exit rumours|
|Van Gaal dismisses Mourinho reports|
|Ban for racism is correct - Lazio director|
|Wenger: The whole country is behind Leicester|
|Simeone hails ´spectacular´ Atletico supporters|
|Mourinho: I´ll be back in management soon|
|La Liga Review: Atletico Madrid move level with Barca, Villarreal draw at Athletic|
|Ligue 1 Review: Late strike the difference for 10-man Monaco|
|Serie A Review: Ten-man Fiorentina held to draw|