Championship
PrestonPreston North End0CardiffCardiff City0

Preston North End 0-0 Cardiff City

Sean Morrison of Cardiff goes close with a header
Preston remain the lowest scorers in the Championship with just seven goals

Preston climbed off the bottom of the Championship despite extending their winless run to eight games after being held to a goalless draw by Cardiff.

The best chance of a dour first half fell to the visitors' Joe Mason but his shot was blocked by Tom Clarke.

Clarke then came closest to giving the hosts the lead as his header from Paul Gallagher's corner hit the bar.

Peter Whittingham's late free-kick almost won it for Cardiff but his shot was well saved by Jordan Pickford.

The draw means Preston climb above Bolton and Rotherham on goal difference while Cardiff remain eighth, two points away from the play-off places.

In a tense opening period Jordan Hugill and Greg Cunningham had efforts off target for the hosts while Cardiff had to wait until the 38th minute before their first shot on goal.

However, Mason's goalbound effort, the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes, was excellently blocked by Clarke in a first half that saw neither goalkeeper forced into any meaningful saves.

Cardiff improved after the break and Sammy Ameobi should have done better but his volley flew over the bar when well placed.

Anthony Pilkington's header was just off target for the visitors before Pickford was forced to make his first real contribution to deny Mason.

Clarke had the home fans on their feet but his header clipped the crossbar as the division's lowest scorers failed to find a way past David Marshall.

Pickford tipped Whittingham's free-kick around the post and Hugill's stoppage-time header was off target as the two sides were forced to settle for a point.

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson:

"We have to have a little bit more belief in the players in themselves, that they can express themselves more, take a little bit more care in that final third to try and take a better option and cause the opposition a few more problems.

"It could have gone either way but ultimately I'm pleased we've kept a clean sheet and got a point, which hopefully we can keep building on because there are no easy games in this division.

"We've got a good spirit about us that we're determined not to get beat if that's possible."

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade:

"It wasn't a great game or spectacle by either side in the first period and not a lot of opportunities, but that was in contrast to the second half.

"Even though mistakes were made, there were opportunities to be taken and we were looking to do that. We pushed forward.

"They put their bodies on the line. They threw everything at it. I think there were three blocks on the bounce at one stage in their box, so credit to them for defending as well."

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pickford
  • 15Woods
  • 5ClarkeSubstituted forVermijlat 71'minutes
  • 6Wright
  • 3Cunningham
  • 32Reach
  • 12Gallagher
  • 19WelshSubstituted forBrowneat 69'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 24MaySubstituted forKeaneat 68'minutes
  • 25Hugill

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Keane
  • 16Browne
  • 22Brownhill
  • 30Smith
  • 43Kirkland

Cardiff

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 16ConnollyBooked at 74mins
  • 28Malone
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forRevellat 76'minutes
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 7Whittingham
  • 8RallsSubstituted forNooneat 45'minutes
  • 38AmeobiSubstituted forJohnat 90'minutes
  • 10Mason

Substitutes

  • 11Noone
  • 12John
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 19Revell
  • 20Tamas
  • 21Moore
  • 22O'Keefe
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
11,125

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home18
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home4
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 0, Cardiff City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Cardiff City 0.

  3. Post update

    Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City).

  5. Post update

    Adam Reach (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Scott Malone (Cardiff City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Greg Cunningham with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Declan John replaces Sammy Ameobi.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mason.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End).

  16. Post update

    Scott Malone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Revell (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.