MOST Chester City fans would have settled for a point at Northampton, but the recklessness of Cortez Belle after less than half an hour could have a serious impact on Ian Rush's plans for the new few weeks.
The big striker, sent off for violent conduct, now contemplates a four-match ban covering two cup ties and two league matches.
Some are questioning whether Belle is more of a liability than an asset. One thing is for sure - he is of no use to Chester City at the moment.
Indeed he was no use to Chester for a little over an hour at the Sixfields Stadium last Friday, so all credit to his team-mates for grinding out a draw against the odds.
His dismissal came just two minutes after Kevin Ellison had scored a spectacular equaliser which should have given City the momentum to carry them through to a victory.
Belle's moment of madness changed the game completely and instead of being able to press for three points Chester had to spend most of the second half on the back foot.
It is not unusual for 10 men to raise their game and pinch at least a point as City know to their cost over the years and while Rush may have quietly fumed about his striker's folly he was proud that the rest of the team showed the character and doggedness to battle for a share of the spoils.
The longer the game went on the more likely Chester were to succeed.
Northampton became more and more frustrated and even resorted to diving in the box in a bid to get a penalty. Fortunately, the referee wasn't conned and the offender was rewarded with a yellow card.
Not surprisingly, Chester were rarely a threat to the Northampton goalkeeper, but at the other end Chris Mackenzie again showed he doesn't intend to make way for fit-again Wayne Brown without a fight.
He made a number of good saves, handled the routine stuff well and generally looked solid, giving his fellow defenders confidence against wave after wave of desperate Northampton attacks.
Chester may not win prizes for style this season, but they will be at the head of the queue when the awards for commitment and resilience are handed out.