David Moyes marks Real Sociedad managerial debut with goalless draw
David Moyes began his spell in charge of Real Sociedad with a hard-fought, albeit dull goalless draw with Deportivo La Coruna at Riazor.
After a seven-month break, Moyes returned to football last week when he accepted Sociedad's offer to replace Jagoba Arrasate, who was sacked after leaving the club 15th in the Primera Division.
The move to San Sebastian is something of a leap of faith for Moyes, whose reputation took a battering in England after he lasted just 10 months at Manchester United.
Sociedad were well worthy of a point against a Deportivo side devoid of creativity and attacking threat.
Moyes' side should have been given the opportunity to take an early lead, but nine minutes in the referee inexplicably failed to award a spot-kick for an apparent blatant shirt pull on Imanol Agirretxe.
Sergio Canales went close to opening the scoring after 13 minutes but his shot was saved by Ramirez Fabricio who kept the ball out with his nose, having been unsighted due to a Depor player blocking his view.
Just before the half hour and Fabricio was tested when Carlos Vela curled an effort on target from the edge of the box, with the stopper tipping the ball over the bar.
Enaut Zubikarai was finally called into action six minutes before the break, but Pinto Luisinho's shot was easily kept out by the stopper.
The home side brought on another midfielder on at the break, with Cezary Wilk replacing Juan Dominguez.
The visitors, who had not kept a clean sheet in seven months, were comfortable against a Deportivo side struggling to create and with 17 minutes a burst from Vela threatened to break the deadlock.
However from a tight angle, the Mexican could only find the side netting.
Substitute Pablo Hervais also fired wide late on as both sides settled for a point.