Stoke and Cardiff stayed locked together in the Barclays Premier League table after an uninspiring goalless draw at the Britannia Stadium.
The teams were separated by only three goals before the match and that was the way it stayed, with both sides struggling to create meaningful chances.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes had called for a response from his side following their 4-0 defeat by Everton at the weekend, and the Potters were at least much more solid defensively.
But the Welshman would still surely look upon the result as two points dropped, especially given they had ended an eight-match winless Premier League run in their previous home match against Sunderland.
Stoke did have the ball in the net right at the end of the first half but Geoff Cameron had certainly strayed offside and there were no complaints.
Oussama Assaidi had previously had the best chance of the half while Asmir Begovic produced a smart stop from Jordon Mutch.
Cardiff had a good shout for a penalty early in the second half when Fraizer Campbell went down but referee Michael Oliver waved play on.
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam, meanwhile, could count himself fortunate not to be shown a second yellow card on at least one occasion.
Cardiff youngster Declan John came closest to finding a winner late on and there were boos at the final whistle from the home fans.