• Hull held to a draw by determined Cardiff side
• Steve Bruce rues lack of converted efforts
The result is what counts and, even at this early stage, the fact that neither of these promoted sides is in the bottom three will be sufficient for many of their supporters. That both have scored fewer goals than the points they have garnered from four games played, however, has to be a source of concern. As Hull's manager, Steve Bruce, pointed out, they cannot always rely on their defence to keep a clean sheet.
"That's what we did last year in the Championship, and got away with it, but we saw here they created one really good chance and took it. They had one shot at goal, I think, apart from a free-kick that went straight into our goalkeeper's arms."
Bruce was exaggerating to make his point but not by much. The Bluebirds' Aron Gunnarsson headed an excellent chance wide two minutes after Peter Whittingham's smartly taken volley cancelled out the opener scored by Curtis Davies, but otherwise it was the Tigers who created the better openings.
But while Davies made no mistake in heading home Tom Huddlestone's lovely curling ball into the space behind Cardiff's back line shortly before half-time, Danny Graham failed to take either of two outstanding opportunities to give his side a valuable win.
The first came when Joe Lewis's save from Sone Aluko's shot saw the ball rebound swiftly but directly to Graham's feet, requiring only that he keep the ball down and on target. That his touch let him down on both counts was bad enough, but the second, when he timed his run and jump perfectly to meet Ahmed Elmohamady's cross only to head the ball straight at Lewis, left Bruce with his head in his hands.
It was, after all, the sort of chance which the manager, as a player the sort of centre-half who regularly scored 10 goals or more a season, used to bury.
"It looks spectacular when you score them but, if you meet it right, all you have to do is head it back across the keeper to wrong-foot him," Bruce said.
He used his programme notes to detail the ultimately fruitless effort that had gone into securing the signature of West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long on deadline day, but the return from suspension of Yannick Sagbo, the powerful Marseille-born forward bought by Hull from Evian in the close season, at least gives him another option when his side travel to Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Egyptian striker Gedo (Mohamed Nagy), who scored five goals in 12 games for the Tigers last season and has re-signed on a season-long loan from Cairo side Al-Ahly, is awaiting visa clearance and in any case is unlikely to be fully fit for at least three weeks.
Malky Mackay appeared less concerned, though his Cardiff side missed the direct threat of Craig Bellamy, unavailable after returning from international duty with Wales carrying an injury. Mackay brought in the Scotland international Don Cowie on the right of midfield and, given it was Cowie's pass which Whittingham converted, was entitled to be happy enough.
"To have five points and have twice come back from losing positions to get something from matches shows we have character and resilience, and to pick up a point here without key players like Craig shows we have strength in depth," the Cardiff manager said.
The introduction of Kevin Theophile-Catherine at right-back was also a success, the young French right-back demonstrating a pleasing inclination to get forward but, with Mackay content with a point, Peter Odemwingie was left on the bench.
Bruce, in contrast, named no strikers among his substitutes which, given the circumstances, would seem to indicate there is little future at the club for Matty Fryatt and Nick Proschwitz.
Man of the match Sone Aluko (Hull City)