HALF-TIME: Peterborough United 0, Bristol City 0
The only team in the Football League without a point after suffering five straight defeats, rock-bottom Posh no doubt sensed an opportunity to stop the rot against a City side that had yet to muster an away goal this season.
Although Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony, responding to the worst start to a season in the club's history, felt the need to proffer under-fire manager Darren Ferguson the dreaded vote of confidence before kick-off, striker Lee Tomlin was certainly not low on confidence, trying his luck from range with a dipping drive that narrowly cleared Tom Heaton's cross bar in the opening minute.
Otherwise, there was precious little in the way of attacking intent from either side, Posh lacking the confidence to express themselves, while the visitors opted for a safety-first approach and put men behind the ball.
Given that both teams had conceded five goals at the weekend, such negative tactics were perhaps understandable. But there existed a feeling that all City had to do was push a little harder and a Posh defence that had already shipped 12 goals this term, would have collapsed like a house of cards.
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Indeed, City's one truly incisive move of the first half split the home defence asunder, Stephen Pearson stretching to meet Sam Baldock's excellent cross with a shot that flashed inches wide of the target.
Playing on the shoulder of the last defender, Baldock twice almost profited from long balls out of defence, racing in behind Posh skipper Gabriel Zakuani only to be let down by his first touch on both occasions.
At the other end, Heaton was not called upon to make a single meaningful save until standing tall to thwart the impressive Nat Mendez-Laing two minutes before the break.