Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Preston North End 0.
Queens Park Rangers 0-0 Preston North End
Managerless QPR failed to win for the third successive match as Preston North End secured a point in the Championship at Loftus Road.
Neil Warnock took temporary charge of QPR after Chris Ramsey's dismissal but his side struggled in front of goal.
In a tepid first half, Sandro came closest to opening the scoring for the hosts when he fired over from range.
The visitors almost stole all three points late on when Robert Green saved Bailey Wright's headed effort.
The result stretched North End's unbeaten run to six games as they secured a club record-equalling sixth consecutive clean sheet.
In a quiet first half, the visitors could have taken an early lead when Paul Gallagher sent a corner into the box which Joe Garner latched onto, but Grant Hall cleared.
Sandro almost gave QPR the lead when his long-range shot went just over the bar, before Junior Hoilett teed up Charlie Austin, but his effort went wide.
Preston could have gone in at the break ahead when Gallagher again set up Garner, but his volley flew over.
After the break, QPR applied early pressure and were almost rewarded when Austin laid the ball onto Hoilett, but his scuffed shot was scooped up by Jordan Pickford.
North End broke back and, after Hall's headed clearance, the ball fell to Adam Reach who fired wide before Wright almost sealed it with a header from Gallagher's looping ball.
QPR interim head coach Neil Warnock:
"I'm going to enjoy it for however long I've got it - it's better than being sat at home or fishing. Just being around the fans and the club again is fantastic. When I was asked to do it I had no hesitation.
"I don't know whether it's going to be one game, two games or whatever, but I'm going to enjoy it and if I can I'm going to try to help them pick.
"I hope they ask me. They surely will ask my opinion. I think you need someone who knows the Championship. It's the toughest league in Europe.
"Goalscoring is a bit of a problem at the minute, but we've got two weeks during the international break to try to sort that out."
Preston North End manager Simon Grayson:
"It was great to come to a place like here and get a point and also because of the significance of the game to them, with it being Neil Warnock's first game.
"We know we can utilise the ball a bit better but sometimes you have to do what you need to do in order to get a result.
"As the game went on we frustrated them and it looked like we were the team that might go on and get a winner. In many ways we can count ourselves a bit unlucky.
"We're happy with what we achieved today and will go into the international break with some confidence. But it's how you come back after the break that really counts. We want to pick it up again when we come back."
- 5OnuohaBooked at 70mins
- 30Guimaraes CordeiroSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 64'minutes
- 23HoilettSubstituted forCheryat 74'minutes
- 9AustinBooked at 79mins
- 11JohnsonSubstituted forKilkennyat 90+4'minutes
- 13DoyleSubstituted forKeaneat 75'minutes
- 14GarnerSubstituted forHugillat 88'minutes
- Robert Lewis
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Preston North End 0.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Preston North End. Neil Kilkenny replaces Daniel Johnson because of an injury.
Delay in match Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) because of an injury.
Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).
Offside, Preston North End. Adam Reach tries a through ball, but Jordan Hugill is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).
Will Keane (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Joe Garner.
Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).
Attempt saved. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) because of an injury.
Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).