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Rotherham United 0-0 Preston North End

Steve Evans
Steve Evans' Rotherham lost their first two league games to MK Dons and Nottingham Forest

Rotherham United drew with unbeaten Preston North End to secure their first point of the Championship season.

Visiting defender Bailey Wright came closest to settling a tight encounter, heading a corner against the crossbar with 13 minutes remaining.

Rotherham substitute Jonson Clarke-Harris earlier headed off target and fired over from Matt Derbyshire's pass.

The stalemate leaves Bristol City as the only Championship club without a point this season.

North End have taken five points from their first three league matches and are still to concede a league goal since being promoted via the League One play-offs in May.

Clear opportunities were scarce before the interval and, although the game livened up after half-time, neither side was able to find a winning goal.

Preston striker Will Keane shot over from the edge of the box early in the second period, while Millers goalkeeper Kelle Roos kept out Neil Kilkenny's long-range effort.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans: "We will take our first point. The first 60 minutes is not a good game for either side, no side had any dominance, both sides just cancelled each other out.

"That's a good Preston side out there. They had some heroic defending in their box, balls across the goal, they have had some heroic defending without the goalkeeper being called on.

"We have to take our point, get back on the training ground and get ready for QPR, which will be difficult but every game is difficult in this league. We know every point in this league is an achievement."

Preston manager Simon Grayson: "When you come to a place like this you have to make sure you fight and compete, and that's what we did.

"We turned over possession a little too easily but when we kept it we looked like we could be a major threat.

"It's another game for us and another clean sheet and an opportunity for the players to grow in confidence with another positive result."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Roos
  • 2Buxton
  • 15HalfordBooked at 34mins
  • 4Collins
  • 3MattockBooked at 60minsSubstituted forGreenat 71'minutes
  • 33Smallwood
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forWhiteat 56'minutes
  • 8Frecklington
  • 22NewellBooked at 45mins
  • 18BowerySubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 56'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 27Derbyshire

Substitutes

  • 10Ledesma
  • 11Green
  • 14White
  • 17Ward
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 21Collin
  • 23Thorpe

Preston

  • 1Pickford
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 23Huntington
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forVermijlat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Gallagher
  • 19WelshSubstituted forBrowneat 90+3'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 3Cunningham
  • 14GarnerBooked at 37mins
  • 9KeaneSubstituted forKilkennyat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 15Woods
  • 16Browne
  • 17Reid
  • 22Brownhill
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
9,078

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 0, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 0, Preston North End 0.

Attempt blocked. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aidan White (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces John Welsh.

Attempt blocked. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Green with a headed pass.

Danny Collins (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Hand ball by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kelle Roos.

Attempt saved. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Paul Green.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Greg Halford (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Danny Collins.

Booking

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Marnick Vermijl replaces Chris Humphrey.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Neil Kilkenny replaces Will Keane.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Paul Green replaces Joe Mattock.

Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Mattock with a cross.

Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Foul by Danny Collins (Rotherham United).

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Derbyshire with a headed pass.

Foul by Aidan White (Rotherham United).

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Aidan White (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Booking

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ipswich32106337
2Brighton32104227
3MK Dons32015236
4Middlesbrough31204135
5Charlton31203125
6Preston31201015
7Brentford21106424
8Hull21103124
9Birmingham21104314
10Wolves21103214
11Nottm Forest31112204
12Sheff Wed21013213
13Cardiff30304403
14Derby30302203
15Leeds20201102
16Blackburn302134-12
17Burnley302135-22
18Huddersfield302124-22
19Fulham201123-11
20Reading201112-11
21QPR201124-21
22Rotherham301226-41
23Bolton301204-41
24Bristol City200226-40
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