Stoke left the Den wondering how they weren’t able to chalk up a fourth Championship away victory of the term on Saturday afternoon.
Despite dominating long periods of the encounter against Neil Harris’ men they were unable to fashion what would have been a deserved winner in the capital.
James McClean came closest to breaking the deadlock having rattled the crossbar with a thumping strike during a dominant first 45 minutes, shortly after Benik Afobe had seen his goal-bound effort superbly saved by David Martin.
There was controversy surrounding that moment however, with the referee Oliver Langford opting not to point to the spot despite the DR Congo international clearly being pulled to the ground by defender Alex Pearce.
The hosts, who went into the clash knowing victory would all but guarantee them second-tier survival at the expense of Rotherham United, had moments of their own though, especially after the interval.
Lee Gregory spurned their best opportunity, firing over when well positioned inside the penalty area whilst Jack Butland made an instinctive save to deny the lively Jed Wallace who burst down the left flank.
Without investment in the forward line over the next couple of months, I see little to be enthusiastic about. We need a major clearout in the summer months . Good luck Nathan Jones, let us hope the board back you.