Aston Villa and 10-man Newcastle United somehow played out a goalless draw despite sharing 20 shots on goal in the early Premier League kick-off.
The claret and blues and the Magpies huffed and puffed but couldn't find a way through at Villa Park, having to settle for a point from their second fixture.
Ineffectiveness in front of goal made for a dull stalemate that could have been so much more, had either side showed enough fire-power to make a difference.
A lively first-half gave no such indication although there were no clear cut chances, with both teams reduced to long range shots.
Villa's Fabian Delph had a go from distance and a Charles N’Zogbia free-kick narrowly flew past the Newcastle post, while Remy Cabella snatched at a chance at the other end.
Newcastle made the most encouraging start after the break and defender Daryl Janmaat could have scored twice within the first 10 minutes of the restart, after ghosting up from the back.
First goalkeeper Brad Guzan had to tip his header over the bar, then his curling shot from the corner of the Villa area, after cutting in from the right, flew inches away the top corner.
Newcastle continued to press with Mike Williamson left kicking air misjudging his connection to a volley, after ghosting in behind the Villa defence.
And, in the end, Villa were indebted to Guzan for preserving his clean sheet, with an excellent save from substitute Siem de Jong’s fierce shot.
Williamson then saw red with a second yellow card for a foul on Delph in injury-time, forcing Newcastle to hang on for a draw. They have yet to score in the Premier League this season.Subscribe to our Newsletter