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Preston North End 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

Ben Amos
Ben Amos has kept four clean sheets for Bolton this season

Preston played out a goalless draw against Championship strugglers Bolton in a game low on clear-cut chances.

Wanderers striker Shola Ameobi had the best chance of the first half but his effort from Jay Spearing's free kick went over the crossbar.

Joe Garner and Daniel Johnson tested visiting keeper Ben Amos from distance after the break.

Lilywhites keeper Jordan Pickford kept out Gary Madine's low shot as Bolton's winless run stretched to eight matches.

A derby meeting between the two lowest-scoring sides in the second tier this season proved to be a largely uninspiring affair.

Ameobi's opportunity summed up the first period as he struggled to make a clean connection with Spearing's delivery as the ball came off his shoulder and went over.

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Lennon on Preston v Bolton

North End midfielder Johnson had two efforts blocked by David Wheater in quick succession, while Preston defender Calum Woods was lucky to receive just a yellow card for a trip on Max Clayton, who looked to be through on goal after gathering Spearing's long cross-field ball.

Substitute Jordan Hugill failed to make the most of an opportunity with 15 minutes remaining, preferring to shoot from outside the box when he could have played in Johnson.

Madine's well-struck effort through a crowd of bodies forced a good save from Pickford, low to his right, but the home side could not capitalise on late pressure.

Neil Lennon's Bolton side have won just once this season and remain in the relegation zone, although a point lifts them above Rotherham and Charlton.

Preston kept a seventh clean sheet of the campaign but the Lilywhites have picked up one win in their last 12 games and are now three points above the bottom three.

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Pickford
  • 2VermijlSubstituted forHuntingtonat 81'minutes
  • 15WoodsBooked at 25mins
  • 6Wright
  • 3Cunningham
  • 32Reach
  • 16BrowneSubstituted forKilkennyat 81'minutes
  • 12Gallagher
  • 11Johnson
  • 14Garner
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forHugillat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Keane
  • 19Welsh
  • 23Huntington
  • 24May
  • 25Hugill
  • 43Kirkland

Bolton

  • 1Amos
  • 15DerikSubstituted forPisanoat 83'minutes
  • 4Dervite
  • 31Wheater
  • 20Casado
  • 8SpearingSubstituted forDannsat 80'minutes
  • 6Vela
  • 21PratleyBooked at 31mins
  • 12Clayton
  • 26AmeobiSubstituted forMadineat 74'minutes
  • 7Feeney

Substitutes

  • 13Rachubka
  • 14Madine
  • 18Danns
  • 19Heskey
  • 24Pisano
  • 27Twardzik
  • 30Woolery
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
14,494

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 0, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Casado.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Darren Pratley.

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Max Clayton.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Calum Woods.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Francesco Pisano replaces Derik.

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Huntington replaces Marnick Vermijl.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Neil Kilkenny replaces Alan Browne.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces Jay Spearing.

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Attempt saved. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Garner with a headed pass.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Derik.

Attempt saved. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marnick Vermijl.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Gary Madine replaces Shola Ameobi.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Shola Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Casado (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Shola Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Derik with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Eoin Doyle.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shola Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Preston North End. Bailey Wright tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Preston North End).

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Derik (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Adam Reach (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

Second Half

Second Half begins Preston North End 0, Bolton Wanderers 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton148601911830
2Hull148422181328
3Burnley148422013728
4Middlesbrough148332391427
5Derby1476121101127
6Birmingham147341915424
7Reading146532113823
8Sheff Wed146531916323
9Cardiff145721511422
10Fulham145542620620
11Brentford146262020020
12QPR145452223-119
13Wolves145362020018
14Ipswich144641621-518
15Blackburn143651414015
16Huddersfield143561418-414
17Nottm Forest143561115-414
18Preston142751013-313
19Leeds142751219-713
20MK Dons143291221-911
21Bristol City142571626-1011
22Bolton141761020-1010
23Charlton142481124-1310
24Rotherham142391527-129
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