Match ends, Derby County 0, Preston North End 0.
Derby County's winless Championship run was stretched to six matches as they were held at home by Preston North End.
The hosts went close inside the opening 40 seconds as Chris Martin set up Jeff Hendrick who fired wide of the target.
At the other end, goalkeeper Scott Carson had to be at his best to keep out Paul Gallagher's long-range shot.
The point for the Rams moves them up to fourth, six points behind leaders Hull who have a game in hand, while Preston climb two places to 14th.
There was no starting place for Derby's recent signing Marcus Olsson, as the Sweden international left-back was named as a substitute by head coach Paul Clement.
Despite a fast-paced start from promotion-chasing Derby, the visitors grew into the game and Ben Pearson shot straight at Carson.
Preston had scored in six of their last seven trips to Derby and came close after the break when Daniel Johnson put a 20-yard curling effort wide.
The hosts had chances to win late on as Jacob Butterfield dragged his shot wide of the far post, while substitute Craig Bryson missed the target from 20 yards.
Derby head coach Paul Clement:
"Of course I am concerned about the run. I would be silly to say I wasn't, but I still have the belief that a victory is not far away.
"The message I gave to the players is that we've got to keep going.
"They gave all their effort and we've got to keep working hard on the training field, keep positive and keep the belief within us.
"There's a long way to go and we've actually gone up a place."
Preston manager Simon Grayson:
"This is a difficult place to come because they have some good players.
"Our players stuck to the game plan we spent four or five days working on and the effort the lads put in was unbelievable.
"Our keeper has not had a shot to save, whereas theirs has had a few and we created a couple of good chances."
- 8HendrickSubstituted forBrysonat 72'minutes
- 34ThorneBooked at 76mins
- 23InceSubstituted forRussellat 86'minutes
- 22BlackmanSubstituted forCamaraat 67'minutes
- 6WrightBooked at 89mins
- 12GallagherSubstituted forBrowneat 86'minutes
- 4PearsonBooked at 76mins
- 32ReachSubstituted forHugillat 90+4'minutes
- Oliver Langford
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Preston North End 0.
Attempt missed. George Thorne (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross following a corner.
Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Adam Reach.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Joe Garner.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ben Pearson.
Foul by Abdoul Camara (Derby County).
Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Abdoul Camara (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).
Bailey Wright (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).
Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Martin.
Attempt blocked. George Thorne (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. George Thorne (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.
Attempt blocked. Johnny Russell (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Paul Gallagher.
Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Tom Ince.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Calum Woods.