Jonathan Hogg was sent off pursuing an ugly collision with Harry Arter as Huddersfield and Cardiff floor out a goalless attract that did tiny to promote their Leading League pedigree.
Equally sides are tipped as relegation candidates and if this was actually the earliest conceivable ‘six-pointer’ of the time then having one apiece indicates a extended, tough marketing campaign could be on the way for David Wagner and Neil Warnock.
Hogg noticed crimson just after the hour, aggravated by Arter but responding boorishly – initial pushing forward with his head then shoving the midfielder to the ground.
That gave Cardiff time to push for a earn which had never earlier appeared likely, but they proved no more capable than their hosts to summon a cutting edge worthy of the leading flight.
David Wagner, still left, and Neil Warnock had been all smiles ahead of the match but it was a aggravating 90 minutes (Richard Sellers/PA)
Wagner had spoken prior to the match about the closeness of the level of competition in between goalkeepers Ben Hamer and Jonas Lossl, but persevered with the previous in spite of his conceding nine goals in his initially two outings for the club.
The former Leicester male did not get prolonged to justify that exhibit of religion, coming off hurt immediately after fewer than quarter of an hour.
His solitary contribution was at least a positive just one – tearing from his line to throw himself in front of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who experienced taken 3 Huddersfield players out of fee with a pair of good touches and a muscular run.
Mendez-Laing produced way immediately, by way of stretcher, with Hamer lingering just long adequate to allow for Lossl a acceptable warm-up.
Ben Hamer, left, and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing down hurt (Richard Sellers/PA)
The Terriers were allowed to set the tempo in the to start with half, making the most of some achievements down Cardiff’s left wing, wherever Josh Murphy was failing to support Joe Bennett.
A handful of screening crosses made their way in from the flank but Sol Bamba was the dominant aerial presence in the absent box, clearing his strains constantly.
The closest Huddersfield came to getting advantage was when Philip Billing, a dazzling performer in midfield, beat his gentleman and whipped an uncomfortable ball back again across goal.
It was only fifty percent-cleared and achieved with conviction by Terence Kongolo, who drilled a potent work into the facet netting from 20 yards.
Bluebirds keeper Neil Etheridge created the to start with notable conserve of the match early in the 2nd half, Bamba lastly out-jumped.
Steve Mounie was the person to climb previously mentioned the defender, rising at the far write-up and unleashing a powerful header which analyzed Etheridge’s reactions to the restrict.
Huddersfield’s odds of turning the screw evaporated in the 63rd moment, when Hogg’s violent reaction to Arter grew to become apparent.
It was straightforward to overlook in authentic time, with enjoy by now state-of-the-art when the incident occurred, but Michael Oliver’s assistant referee appeared to get a good look and Hogg can have couple grievances about his therapy.
Now the onus fell on Cardiff to grab a priceless away acquire. Chances commenced to fall for them, Bamba assembly a corner much too timidly and substitute Danny Ward denied by Lossl’s near-write-up help you save.
Sean Morrison experienced a better opening than the two following 75 minutes, nodding huge with an unmarked header from six yards, and Bobby Reid spurned a couple of late invites.