The hosts were not without their chances at the other end though, as Dion Lopy fired a low drive straight at Unai Simon before Marc Pubill should have done better with an outside-of-the-boot effort that ballooned off target. Gaizka Garitano’s side struggling to find the back of the net was hardly a surprise given they had failed to score in their four previous home games.
Further openings were spurned by Largie Ramazani and Anthony Lozano, the latter of whom headed straight at the goalkeeper, although only after the visitors came mightily close to breaking the deadlock. Only a sublime Luis Maximiano stop, diving full stretch to his right to palm away a powerful Aitor Paredes header, kept Athletic Club at bay.
The game was not quite so open after the break, therefore keeping Almeria on course for a fourth goalless stalemate in five outings at the Power Horse Stadium. Their task was made even harder by the dismissal of Largie Ramazani, who was sent off after picking up his second yellow card for a foul on Oscar de Marcos on 53 minutes.
Still, chances were initially slim on the ground, Iker Muniain having the best of them for Ernesto Valverde’s side even though it looped up for a straightforward save. Raul Garcia then hit the post as he met Ander Herrera’s cross before Almeria went within inches of stealing the points when Marezi rattled the crossbar following a rapid counterattack.
The result means Athletic Club fail to move into the top four, although they have now not conceded in nearly seven hours of football. The hosts, meanwhile, remain rock-bottom and 13 points from safety - after not tasting victory for such an extended period, it will take something special to keep them amongst the elite between now and the end of the campaign.