Championship
Preston0Wolves0

Preston North End 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Paul Lambert
Lambert is the second boss to start his Wolves managerial reign with a 0-0 draw at Simon Grayson's Preston

New Wolves boss Paul Lambert began his reign with a goalless draw against Preston North End at Deepdale.

After a tight first half, most of the chances came after the break, North End creating the majority of them.

But Aiden McGeady's angled shot hit the side-netting and then Jordan Hugill wasted a great chance to win it, firing over in the fifth minute of added time.

That left Lambert with the same opening result as Kenny Jackett, one of his Wolves predecessors, in August 2013.

After a disappointing match of eight bookings, Simon Grayson's Preston stay 11th but, despite a first clean sheet since 17 September, Wolves remain 19th, having stretched their winless run to eight games.

Wolves, missing Wales midfielder David Edwards through suspension, went close through George Saville, who shot narrowly wide, while Jon Dadi Bodvarsson's overhead kick flew just over and substitute Nouha Dicko put a late header straight at home goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.

But former North End keeper Andy Lonergan made a key save for Wolves at Hugill's feet just after Paul Gallagher had volleyed over.

Hugill also headed wide, while Simon Makienok headed just over as the hosts stretched their recent encouraging run to one defeat in nine league games.

Preston manager Simon Grayson: "We knew it would be a tough game for us with the new manager coming in.

"Out of respect for us they've stopped our key players playing like they have been doing. We still had some good opportunities though.

"Wolves have been too open over the last few months. Paul has done his homework knowing that we can be a handful. Credit to Wolves, they made it hard for us."

Media playback is not supported on this device

Lambert excited by Wolves youngsters

Wolves manager Paul Lambert: "I thought we gave as good as we got. I was delighted with the lads.

"We have a threat going forward but we have to be stronger at the back than we have in the last few months. So I decided to come here and be strong.

"No slight on Walter Zenga, but the whole team has been too wide open and you can't defend like that. The way we defended was terrific. Andy Lonergan didn't really make a save."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22MaxwellBooked at 66mins
  • 27Baptiste
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 3CunninghamBooked at 63mins
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forMakienokat 58'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 14McGeady
  • 4PearsonBooked at 63mins
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forVermijlat 77'minutes
  • 25HugillBooked at 42mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 2Vermijl
  • 9Makienok
  • 13Doyle
  • 16Grimshaw
  • 17Spurr
  • 23Huntington

Wolves

  • 21Lonergan
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6BatthBooked at 71mins
  • 30HauseBooked at 64mins
  • 2Doherty
  • 16Coady
  • 19PriceBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCavaleiroat 87'minutes
  • 17CostaSubstituted forDickoat 78'minutes
  • 26EnobakhareSubstituted forWallaceat 64'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 8Saville
  • 22Bödvarsson

Substitutes

  • 5Stearman
  • 9Dicko
  • 12Wallace
  • 13Flatt
  • 24Brito Teixeira
  • 27Saiss
  • 50Cavaleiro
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
12,683

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Simon Makienok.

Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jed Wallace.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kortney Hause tries a through ball, but Nouha Dicko is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Simon Makienok (Preston North End).

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jed Wallace tries a through ball, but Nouha Dicko is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Jack Price.

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Simon Makienok (Preston North End).

Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jed Wallace.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nouha Dicko replaces Hélder Costa.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Marnick Vermijl replaces Callum Robinson.

Attempt missed. Simon Makienok (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Alex Baptiste with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

Jed Wallace (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Booking

Chris Maxwell (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jed Wallace replaces Bright Enobakhare.

Booking

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle16121334132137
2Brighton17105226101635
3Reading179442318531
4Huddersfield179261921-229
5Birmingham177732218428
6Norwich178362929027
7Leeds168261917226
8Fulham176742419525
9Sheff Wed177461820-225
10Bristol City177372320324
11Preston177372220224
12Derby176561513223
13QPR176561923-423
14Brentford176472319422
15Barnsley176472724322
16Aston Villa1741031817122
17Ipswich175661417-321
18Nottm Forest175482730-319
19Wolves174671921-218
20Burton174671823-518
21Cardiff175391727-1018
22Blackburn174491927-816
23Wigan173681419-515
24Rotherham1714121741-247
View full Championship table

Top Stories