Everton v West Brom
Everton's first home game of Roberto Martinez's leadership ended in a 0-0 draw - but the new manager was one of 36,000 Evertonians at Goodison Park wondering how it remained goalless.
The Blues dominated from start to finish, carving out a succession of chances and were inches away from scoring on several occasions.
The closest they came was Marouane Fellaini's prodded second half effort which rebounded off the post, while the tireless Seamus Coleman also struck the woodwork.
In many ways the game represented the dawning of a new era at Goodison as Martinez lead his troops into battle at his new home for the first time in a competitive fixture.
But beforehand there was a touching nod to the Club's history as 86-year-old Billy Ingham, star of the new Premier League TV advert, led a special tribute to the late Dave Hickson who sadly passed away over the summer.
Then the focus was back on those who currently don the royal blue jersey and Everton's approach was much as it had been seven days previously as they patiently built from the back before seeking to inject the killer dose of pace to unlock the visiting defence.
Their first chance was fashioned after just seven minutes when Steven Pienaar's diving header was grabbed by Ben Foster.
The South African again drew the visiting glovesman into action moments later, this time with a low drive.
It remained largely one-way traffic and 20 minutes in, Ross Barkley's attempt to repeat his goalscoring heroics of last weekend only needed a slight touch to divert it goalwards as it fizzed through the six-yard box.
The Baggies first efforts came courtesy of off-target long range strikes from Youssouf Mulumbu and James Morrison's dipping volley but soon Everton were back on the front foot.
Kevin Mirallas' free-kick hit the wall and Leighton Baines' follow-up volley went wide.
The best effort of the half arrived in the 22nd minute when a great sweeping Everton move saw Coleman feed Mirallas on the edge of the box and his powerful shot was tipped over the bar by the flying Foster.
Soon another counter-attack from the home side saw Marouane Fellaini and Barkley hustle Mulumbu out of possession only for the Belgian to delay his pass to Nikica Jelavic and allow West Brom to smother the Croat's shooting opportunity.
Coleman could have mimicked his own scoring effort from the opening day but his low effort was again snatched up by the busy Foster.
In the second half Jelavic blocked a dangerous free kick in front of his own goal line.
Twice balls flashed across the six-yard box and then Foster smartly denied first Barkley and then Fellaini with the follow-up.
A Leon Osman volley was deflected narrowly wide seconds later as the volume rose inside Goodison.
Things were amplified further when the Blues fans thought Jonas Olsson had elbowed Jelavic off the ball but rookie referee Roger East wasn't impressed.
Mirallas was next to test Foster just after the hour mark before Howard was thrust into rare action at the other end to palm Morrison's drive around the post.
Martinez made a double switch with 20 minutes left, sending on Steven Naismith and Arouna Kone for a home debut.
But it was the Baggies who went close next when Shane Long forced Howard into another save.
The impressive Foster limped off with 12 minutes left and it looked like his replacement's first act would be to pick the ball out off the net.
But when Phil Jagielka's flighted cross found Fellaini the midfielder's outstretched leg could only divert the ball on to the inside of the post.
Coleman was denied by new man Luke Daniels, Jones cleared Fellaini's header off the line and there was still time for the marauding Irishman to see a cross hit the bar in added time.