Exeter manager Matt Taylor felt it was a case of two organised teams cancelling each other out as the Grecians were held to a goalless draw by Cheltenham at St James Park.
Chances were few and far between in an uninspiring game on a freezing afternoon in Devon.
Ryan Bowman had the best opportunity for an Exeter side ravaged by injury, illness and suspension, but he dragged a shot wide from 18 yards, while Cheltenham registered only one shot on target in a turgid encounter.
“I am pleased with our intent, our attitude and the way in which we approached the game,” Taylor said.
“It was two good teams, two well-organised teams and it was going to come down to one moment of real quality that neither team were able to create on the day, a mistake, or a bit of luck.
“We had that one chance in the first half when their lad slipped, but the rest of it was a match-up of one v ones all over the pitch; two good teams with an honest set of players going at it.
“We are disappointed that we didn’t win the game, or threaten their goal more, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying.
“That is as weak as we will be this season – there are a lot of good attacking players to come back in. It was difficult because it was going to take something special today and we didn’t quite have it.”
Cheltenham endured traffic chaos en route to Devon and were stuck in a two-hour delay on the M5. But manager Michael Duff was happy with a point.
“We looked a lot more solid, it was a good away performance. The first half was a bit attritional, but you have to match it and stick with it,” Duff said.
“We grew into it in the second half and opened up a couple of times. It didn’t quite fall for us, they might as well say the same thing.
“All in all if you throw that into the mix and it is a good point. We had to compete and I can’t remember them opening us up at any point.
“We knew what was coming, we knew we had to deal with the physical side. They do it well, particularly with (Alex) Fisher and Bowman.
“They started well and when they are shooting into their Kop so to speak, it is difficult to get out.
“The lads stayed composed and we tweaked a couple of bits in the second half. We got them to show some more fight and spirit and ensured the ball didn’t come into the box too easily.
“We have got a good defensive record and we showed that today. It was a nip and tuck game, we were growing into it.”