Spoils are shared in dreary battle against relegation
It is early in the season to be so cynical, but those who billed this meeting as a relegation six-pointer look to have called it right.
This was a dreadful, dreary affair featuring two teams who, on this evidence, will surely be involved in a fight for survival in the Premier League.
Barring an appeal, Huddersfield will have to do it for the next three games without captain Jonathan Hogg, sent off midway through the second half after a clash with Harry Arter.
Hogg locked heads with Arter before he pushed the Cardiff midfielder to the ground following a corner.
Arter said: “We came face-to-face and I felt there was too much force in his head. He doesn’t seem to be that sort of player, but there was some force behind it.”
David Wagner, the Huddersfield manager, thought the red card was soft but added: “They are two aggressive players and one was much more clever than the other. Unfortunately, the clever one was not my player.”
Cardiff remain the only team in the Premier League without a goal and the only first-half threat came from Huddersfield’s Terence Kongolo, who hit a 20-yard shot into the side netting.
The second half improved marginally and Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge was finally involved as he dealt with an excellent header by Steve Mounie.
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said: “We dominated the last period and should have won.
“But if you get a point away from home in the Premier League, you can’t be down for too long.”