It wasn't pretty but it was pretty effective and Carlos Carvalhal was left reflecting on what he felt was a 'positive result' as Sheffield Wednesday played out a scoreless draw in their play-off first leg, away to Huddersfield Town.
Wednesday have certainly played a lot better this season but they went with a game-plan to contain the Terriers and they did just that, with the home side having a lot of the ball but creating very little.
Kieren Westwood had just a couple of savea to make in the Owls goal, comfortably tipping over a Nahki Wells lob in the second half and then blocking from the same player late on, but apart from that, Wednesday were relatively comfortable throughout.
"It is a positive result, if you go away in the play-off semi-final and you return to play the home game at 0-0, it is very, very positive," said Carvalhal.
"There are two words that we said pre-match and that was focus and efficiency. We came here to try and keep the second game alive and we have done that. We now play at home in front of our fans as a final."
Wednesday barely troubled Town themselves and showed very little ambition to go for the win, but at the back they were impressive, with the central pairing of Tom Lees and Glenn Loovens, in particular, standing out as they neutralised the Terriers' threat time and again.
While many will have felt that Huddersfield needed to be going to Hillsborough with an advantage to hang onto on Wednesday night, Carvalhal still doesn't feel that his side are favourites to go through and book a Wembley date with either Reading or Fulham who drew 1-1 in their first leg at Craven Cottage on Saturday
"We are not favourites in this competition," he said. "Every team has 25 per cent chance. There have been two draws so every team still has 25 per cent. The value of all four teams are similar.
"We had a similar game to this here in the season, we tried to score but we must give credit to Huddersfield, they blocked our transition.
"At the end of the day, the most important thing is the semi-final is open, we must now play at Hillsborough and we have good expectations."