Sheffield Wednesday played out a goalless draw with Hull City at the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira tonight.
Both teams have been going through their paces in warm-weather training camps in Portugal.
And tonight’s friendly against Steve Bruce’s men was more about fitness and conditioning than competitive drive.
The sun-worshipping Owls fans will remember their holiday much longer than they will this game.
They were exaxperated at some of Hull’s tackling, but happy with the performances of the likes of Madine and Johnson.
At least it was a better result than their first game.
Wednesday had gone down 3-1 in their first overseas friendly.
Manager Dave Jones said: “There were some tired legs out there and that’s the result of work we have done out here in Portugal.
“We’ve had two sessions a day and the boys have worked really hard. It’s been a long week but they will certainly feel the benefit of training in the climate of Portugal.
“Everything we have done has been worthwhile so we will take the positives.”
Owls: Kirkland, Palmer, Gardner (Llera 50), Zayatte, Mattock, Prutton, Corry (Coke 70), McCabe (Semedo 70), Helan, J Johnson (Madine 50), Antonio (Maguire 60)
*Wednesday players, due to return from Faro tomorrow (Sun) have an intriguing friendly home tie on Wednesday against Glasgow Rangers. Hull play at Birmingham City, next Saturday.
* The Star is making a donation to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice as part of an agreement with Sheffield
Wednesday over coverage over their pre-season games. Look out for a fuller account in Monday’s Star.