League One
PrestonPreston North End1Sheff UtdSheffield United1
Jose Baxter

Preston North End remained unbeaten in League One after a pulsating draw against Sheffield United at Deepdale.

Andy Little opened the scoring for the hosts when his curling cross found the far corner of Mark Howard's net.

Jose Baxter levelled for the visitors with a deflected effort from just outside the box.

Howard later kept out Jack King's header to keep the Blades level, while Michael Higdon's effort at the other end was cleared off the line.

The hosts had the better of the early chances and Neil Kilkenny and top scorer Joe Garner both missed the target either side of Little's goal that gave them the lead

Jamal Campbell-Ryce, who was lively throughout, had a great chance to level when he raced onto a poor back pass, but his lobbed effort was straight at the keeper.

Baxter's deflected effort brought the sides level, before Garner fired a 30-yard effort inches wide.

The second half was played at a frantic tempo, but the two goalkeepers were in fine form.

Howard made two stunning saves to keep out Jack King's point-blank effort and a Chris Humphrey curler, while Ben Davies' effort for the visitors was expertly tipped over by Jamie Jones.

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"There are fine margins in football matches.

"Any supporter who's been at Deepdale today would have felt they've seen a fantastic game of football. There were chances scored and missed.

"We'll probably feel more disappointed that we've not gone away with the three points given the opportunities we've had, especially in the second half."

Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a brilliant game throughout, chances at both ends.

"I'm biased, but I thought we just edged it, especially in the first half.

"The second half was open again, chances at both ends, we could have won it, and Mark Howard comes up with a couple of saves to preserve the point for us."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Jones
  • 4Wiseman
  • 22King
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 49mins
  • 20DaviesSubstituted forWoodsat 45'minutes
  • 7Humphrey
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 30BrownhillSubstituted forHugillat 64'minutes
  • 31Browne
  • 18LittleSubstituted forGallagherat 76'minutes
  • 14GarnerBooked at 34mins

Substitutes

  • 6Wright
  • 9Davies
  • 12Gallagher
  • 15Woods
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 24Hayhurst
  • 25Hugill

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 16Davies
  • 15Collins
  • 17McGahey
  • 19McEveley
  • 20Campbell-RyceBooked at 73mins
  • 6Basham
  • 8DoyleSubstituted forHarrisat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Murphy
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forWallaceat 81'minutes
  • 21HigdonSubstituted forMcNultyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Harris
  • 4Wallace
  • 7Flynn
  • 12McNulty
  • 14McGinn
  • 22Reed
  • 24Turner
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
11,058

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 1, Sheffield United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Sheffield United 1.

  3. Post update

    Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marc McNulty (Sheffield United).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Robert Harris replaces Michael Doyle.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by James Wallace (Sheffield United).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

  12. Post update

    James Wallace (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. James Wallace replaces Jose Baxter.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

  15. Post update

    Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

  18. Post update

    Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Marc McNulty replaces Michael Higdon.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Andy Little.