While the game as a spectacle wasn't much to look at, Chester FC boss Jon McCarthy was pleased to see his side grind out a point at their cross-border rivals Wrexham.
Neither Chester keeper Liam Roberts or Wrexham stopper Shwan Jalal had a save to make during 90 minutes of dull, goalless action at the Racecourse on Saturday as the old foes played out a forgettable 0-0 draw.
But while final whistle was met with boos for Wrexham boss Gary Mills by Dragons fans, the travelling band of Blues fans who had braved the 'bubble' restrictions applauded their team off the pitch after watching them extend their unbeaten run in the Vanarama National League to four games and registering a fourth clean sheet in succession.
"It's outstanding where we are at now and how players understand their roles," said McCarthy.
"I was a little bit disappointed we didn't win the game for them (the fans) as we wanted that little extra bit.
"I feel like there is good signs that come the end of the season there will be an improvement.
"I had big decisions to make. The Sam Hughes decision, I made that decision. I know that can backfire on me. Sam Hughes hasn't done anything wrong. If I would have had a more experienced defender or goalkeeper available then I would have played Sam Hughes but I had a defender available who has played in six derby matches and has 200 appearances.
"But please be certain what we think about Sam Hughes, we think a lot of him. This time last year he wasn't anywhere near the first team, he was on loan at Witton.
"I think he'll be captaining this side and scoring the winning goal in a Wrexham derby match at some point in the future. Trust me with his development."
The Blues are back in National League action on Saturday when they welcome Dover Athletic to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium (3pm).