BURNLEY and Huddersfield went into their first top flight meeting in 46 years sitting sixth and seventh in the table, and both played as if they were determined not to lose that early season momentum.

The Roses rivals have both made fine starts to the campaign, with Burnley making light of a tricky fixture list away from home while newly promoted Huddersfield had settled quickly into life in the Premier League.

But rather than cementing those starts with another three points, the Clarets and the Terriers opted for steady accumulation, and both can be rightly satisfied with nine points from six games.

David Wagner’s men have relied on an obdurate defence so far and it was one the Clarets found difficult to break down at Turf Moor.

It had been suggested in the build up to this clash that these were probably the two hardest working teams in the league, and in they end they simply cancelled each other out in a game high on perspiration but low in inspiration.

When the Premier League next tries to flog its television rights overseas for billions of pounds, it’s safe to say a DVD of this game won’t be part of the package they use to sell the ‘best league in the world’. But then not every game be a classic.

In the end both teams are probably content with a point, perhaps Huddersfield more so given they were away from home, and they did make life difficult for Burnley.

Last season the Clarets would regularly edge these tight games at home, often netting late winners to settle tense encounters, but on this occasion it never looked like arriving.

The second half was certainly more open than the first, when the only chance of note fell to Chris Wood, and he would be disappointed not to have done better.

In a rare moment of quality in the final third Stephen Ward and Scott Arfield exchanged passes on the left to create space for the former and his whipped cross was perfect for Wood, centre of goal and six yards out, but he failed to get the connection required on his header.

Ward was the Clarets’ most attacking threat in that first 45 minutes and he found space in the area to latch on to a Robbie Brady ball before the break, only for the excellent Christopher Schindler to make an acrobatic interception as Wood waited for a tap in.

Huddersfield’s first half threat was non-existent, but within four minutes of the restart Nick Pope had been called into action, saving Laurent Depoitre’s attempted curler after a driving run by Tom Ince.

Space was at a premium in attacking areas, but Jeff Hendrick’s quick footwork in the centre circle briefly opened the game up, only for Brady to shoot straight at Jonas Lossl from Hendrick’s pass to the right.

Rajiv van La Parra’s arrival as a second half substitute brought controversy as he tumbled in the area as he knocked the ball past Matt Lowton. He was rightly cautioned for diving, but had a positive influence on the game shortly after, forcing Pope into a sprawling save with a shot that bounced just in front of the stand-in ‘keeper.

It was the Clarets who looked to influence the game from the bench, as Sean Dyche turned to Ashley Barnes as he went to two up front.

But his physical presence failed to ruffle the feathers of Huddersfield’s back four, and when Wood’s shot on the turn from 20 yards flew straight to Lossl with five minutes to go the game was up.