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Deepdale (ATT 10,034) 18th August 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Gibbs

Preston Preston North End vs Colchester United Colchester

Cousins on song to deny PNE

Last Updated: 18/08/12 7:37pm

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Cousins: Put in a great performance

Cousins: Put in a great performance

Mark Cousins prevented Preston from avenging last season's opening-day defeat to Colchester after the two sides shared a 0-0 draw at Deepdale.

John Ward's team won 4-2 at the same ground 12 months ago, however it was North End who could have scored four this time around.

Nicky Wroe's emphatic free-kick would have given Preston an early lead were it not for the fingertips of Cousins.

However, the hosts were fortunate to keep 11 men on the pitch after Jeffrey Monakana escaped with just yellow for a late challenge on Cousins, with the 'keeper responding by stopping the former Arsenal midfielder's driven shot on the stroke of half-time.

Monakana and Cousins resumed their battle after the restart, as the keeper brilliantly turned the latter's curling effort around a post, before saving well from Scott Laird.

Colchester midfielder John-Joe O'Toole shot tamely into Thorsten Stuckmann's hands, but it was always North End who looked the more likely to score and Cousins was once again called upon to stop David Amoo from bagging a winner late on.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 10 24
2 Peterborough United 10 19
3 Swindon Town 9 18
4 Milton Keynes Dons 9 16
5 Rochdale 10 16
6 Preston North End 9 16
7 Sheffield United 9 16
8 Chesterfield 9 15
9 Bradford City 10 15
10 Notts County 10 14
11 Oldham Athletic 10 14
12 Fleetwood Town 10 13
13 Crawley Town 10 13
14 Gillingham 10 12
15 Coventry City 10 12
16 Yeovil Town 10 12
17 Walsall 10 11
18 Doncaster Rovers 9 11
19 Leyton Orient 9 10
20 Colchester United 10 9
21 Barnsley 9 9
22 Port Vale 10 9
23 Scunthorpe United 10 7
24 Crewe Alexandra 10 4