Blacktown Spartans got a point but could claim little else after a 1-1 draw with Parramatta Eagles at Melita Stadium on Sunday.
The game could have been a nomination for least impressive of the Football NSW premier league season — up to a point.
That point was when Eagles recruit Joel Wood tapped the ball past oncoming Spartans goalkeeper Carlos Saliadarre in the 61st minute.
Greg Kondek’s earlier 14th minute header into the net was meant to portend the win expected for the in-form Spartans, but the follow-ups didn’t come.
Instead, Wood’s equaliser produced a frantic finish in which the Eagles had the better of the chances.
How bad was the first hour?
“Our first half was disgraceful,’’ said Eagles' coach Lee Sterrey.
Spartans' coach Ben De Haan wasn’t as harsh, saying he was thankful for the point.
“They threw everything at us in the second-half and we had nothing in that final third .
“We’ve got Sydney Olympic next week, which is a tough game , but I love the big games and we love getting up for them,’’ he said of this Sunday’s away game against the defending premiers.